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“Greetings from Atlanta“
January 6, 2008

Vol. 1 No. 41

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Overflow
I’ve been away from home this past week from Wednesday to Saturday in Atlanta for a Youth Minister’s Conference. All the Youth Ministers are from churches of Christ. It’s a really great opportunity to meet with others and discuss some of the things that are really truly unique to our ministry... like the dreaded Lock-In and why you like them so much. No, really we do get into deeper discussions than this. I’ve been learning from Hosea, and Amos. Tomorrow, I’ll learn from Jonah. It’s been a pretty full schedule. It’s pretty much full tilt from 8am to 10pm. But I’ve been learning a lot. The theme here has been “Overflow” Letting God overflow into our church, ministry and our lives. They get the theme from this verse... “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.” -1 Thes. 3:12 You know there’s been a lot of discussion how our ministry should flow from our own spirituality and not just scraping by on what we can plan for the next week. I’d like to think that I try and think about what you guys need to hear, and then combine it with what I have been learning in my own personal faith. I’ll be completely honest with you. I have been humbled by my experience here. I haven’t done a good job of making this Christianity practical, tactile, and real enough for you guys. I hope that as I come home (and you can keep me accountable to this) that we will truly flesh out what it means to be Christ... (Gal 3:27) in our schools, homes, church, and whereever we are. This means that we must live consistent lives. The class on Amos (after Joel and before Obediah) that I had was just about this very thing. Read Amos 5:21-24. In it God says that he despises their worship in Isreal! Why? Because they weren’t living the life they should have been living. They were just going through the motions. I don’t want us to just go through the motions. I want us to really stretch ourselves and allow God to change and be in our whole lives. How does that sound? I think only then will we truly understand and experience the joy and peace God has to offer us. Amen?

This is our Campus Minister?

-Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥

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Upcoming Events
Jan 9 Eat Out @ Firehouse Subs Meet up with the youth group at 5:30 pm. I like the pickles they give out with my sub. Jan 11-12 Jewels @ Faulkner- More information can be found on the youth website under events.

Weekly Family Time
Since the New Year has just started, make it your resolution this year to study at least once a week with your family. These studies are here for your use. I hope that you will take advantage of them and use it.

Noah and the Ark
Week # 1 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the story of Noah and the ark and its application for us today: We must follow God’s pattern. Feasting on the Word: Genesis 6:5-22 – 9:17 Family Discussion: How did God feel about how wicked the people on earth had become? (vs. 6:6) What did God decide to do about man’s wickedness? (vs. 6:7) How did God feel about Noah? (vs. 6:8-9) What did God tell Noah to build? (vs. 6:14) What did God tell Noah to put on the ark with him and his family? (6:1920) Did God give Noah specific instructions on how to build the ark? (vs. 6:1516) Did Noah follow God’s specific instructions? (vs. 6:22, 7:5) How long did it rain? (7:12) How long did the waters flood the earth? (vs. 7:24) When Noah finally came out of the, ark what did he do? (vs. 8:20) What is the sign of the covenant that God made with Noah that He would never again destroy all living creatures this way? (9:13) Challenge: God gave instructions to Noah on how to specifically build the ark. Has God given us any instructions? (Psalm119:105) Should we follow God’s instructions specifically, or can we change them a little? (Rev. 22:19) What happens if we do not follow God’s will? (Luke 13:3,5) What can we do as a family to help each other follow the will of God?

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 190 Job 40-42 Acts 15:22-41 Day 191 Psalm 1-3 Acts 16:1-15 Day 192 Psalm 4-6 Acts 16:16-40 Day 193 Psalm 7-9 Acts 17:1-15 Day 194 Psalm 10-12 Acts 17:16-34 Day 195 Psalm 13-16 Acts 18 Day 196 Psalm 17,18 Acts 19:1-20

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“If we are the body...“
January 20, 2008

Vol. 1 No. 43

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Paralyzed
I was daydreaming the other day... about what life would be like if I were paralyzed. Not only paralyzed, but unable to speak or show emotion. I was totally immobile and unable to communicate in my little imagined world. I wasn’t even able to hold my son, or speak to Jen about my day. It was a frustrating scenario my mind played out. I’m very glad I just have a good imagination and that wasn’t the reality. I know you might be thinking I’m really weird for thinking about such things but... Then I realized what Christ must feel like sometimes if we are His body. He knows that we are fully capable of doing great things in His name, but no matter how much preaching and encouragement hits our ears, we remain immobile, apathetic and silent. I remembered what it was like after my minor surgery, it hurt to move and it frustrated me all the more, because even everyday tasks became difficult for a temporary amount of time. I was relieved when I could finally lift things over 20lbs again, and hadn’t realized before what that restricted me from doing. If only some of the church body is moving and functioning... it’s still a church that doesn’t live up to its full potential. How is Christ to be brought to the world if the body of Christ doesn’t wake up and function in the world. I know you’ve probably heard the song by Casting Crowns, “If we are the Body” and it’s a good song, but what inspired me this time to write was Deitrich Bonhoeffer’s book “The Cost of Discipleship” and a chapter called “The Visible Community”. Christ’s body is the church (psst... that’s us! Not the building!), and if we are not a visible light in our own community, than how will Christ be known in our world. Part of our current problem is that we have compartmentalized church (Just imagine putting Christ in a tupperware container, only bringing him out to play on Sundays and Wednesday night if he “behaves” the rest of the week). We allow God to only occupy a small part of our lives. He’s not welcome at our jobs, schools, or everyday activities. “That’s too much. I don’t want to seem like a fanatic.”, we might declare to God. But God has given us His very own Son, so that we might be hiers of His Kingdom. How much do we show that we are grateful to him if we only give him our Sundays and Wednesdays? “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.” -Romans 11:36-12:1

For lack of any current pictures, you are forced to look at Josiah... not a particularly good picture of Josiah, but one nonthe-less. So email me some pics you’ve taken over the years of our youth group! sparquay@gmail.com

-Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥

email: sparquay@gmail.com

website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

Upcoming Events
Jan 23 Eat Out @ Zaxby’s Meet together for dinner before Wednesday Classes. Jan 27- Jr. & Sr. High Devo We’ll be meeting at the Atchley/Chapman’s after services on Sunday Night. Bring enough food for everyone otherwise everyone eats light, and that’s not so cool. I’m currently unable to repeat Jesus’ feeding of the 5000, or even feeding our youth group with a few bagel bites.

Weekly Family Time
Abraham and God’s Promises
Week # 2

OBJECTIVE: To discuss the story of God’s promises to Abraham and its application to us today: God always keeps his promises! Feasting on the Word: Genesis 12:1-4, 13:14-17, 17:15-17 and 21:1-5 1 Kings 4:20; Joshua 21:43-45; Galatians 3:6-9 Family Discussion: When God told Abraham to leave his home and go to another land, what did God promise him? (Genesis 12:1-3) How old was Abraham when God made these promises? (verse 4) Read more about God’s promises to Abraham in Genesis 13:14-17. God promised to make Abraham’s family into a great nation, but Abraham and Sarah didn’t have any children. What miracle took place to make this promise begin to come true? (Genesis 17:15-17 and 21:1-5) Abraham was 75 when God made the promise, and he was 100 when the Feb 3- Superbowl Sunday The Sparks’ are opening their promise began to come true. However, the rest of the promise (to become a great nation) continued to be fulfilled for hundreds of years! (1 Kings home after Sunday evening class to watch the Superbowl. 4:20) God promised to give Abraham and his descendants the land of Canaan. I will attempt to record it Read how that promise came true hundreds of years later when the Israelso we can watch the whole ites finally settled in “the Promised Land.” (Joshua 21:43-45) game. Please bring your God also promised Abraham that through his family all nations would be favorite football snacks to blessed. That promise came true when Jesus, Abraham’s descendant, died share! to save mankind from their sins. Read and discuss Galatians 3:6-9. Feb 6- Eat Out @ TBA Challenge: Make suggestions in the Think about this: All of God’s promises come true. If you are a Christian, comments for this event on the promises God made to Abraham, thousands of years ago, continue to our website! be fulfilled...in YOU! Did you know that you were part of the promise? Mar 7-8- Unify 2008 • A great nation: Abraham is called “the father of all who believe” in Ro“How May I Help You” is our mans 4:11. Are you a believer? Then you are one of Abraham’s descentheme, with a focused around dants! serving. Hope you mark your • Promised Land: It was Canaan for the Israelites, but it’s Heaven for Christians. calendars for this upcoming • All nations will be blessed: You, as a Christian, in this nation today, are event. blessed since Jesus died to save you from your sins!

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 197 Psalm 19-21 Acts 19:21-41 Day 198 Psalm 22-24 Acts 20:1-16 Day 199 Psalm 25-27 Acts 20:17-38 Day 200 Psalm 28-30 Acts 21:1-14 Day 201 Psalm 31-33 Acts 21:15-40 Day 202 Psalm 34,35 Acts 22 Day 203 Psalm 36,37 Acts 23:1-11

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“If we are the body...“
January 20, 2008

Vol. 1 No. 43

Register on our website, and check out all the features. Get involved in a discussion or start your own in the forums. Vote in the open polls or create your own. Check out pics from our past events or see what events are coming up. If you’d like help setting up an account just let me know! Current Forum Topic: “Folding@Home” Featured Pic:

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Paralyzed
I was daydreaming the other day... about what life would be like if I were paralyzed. Not only paralyzed, but unable to speak or show emotion. I was totally immobile and unable to communicate in my little imagined world. I wasn’t even able to hold my son, or speak to Jen about my day. It was a frustrating scenario my mind played out. I’m very glad I just have a good imagination and that wasn’t the reality. I know you might be thinking I’m really weird for thinking about such things but... Then I realized what Christ must feel like sometimes if we are His body. He knows that we are fully capable of doing great things in His name, but no matter how much preaching and encouragement hits our ears, we remain immobile, apathetic and silent. I remembered what it was like after my minor surgery, it hurt to move and it frustrated me all the more, because even everyday tasks became difficult for a temporary amount of time. I was relieved when I could finally lift things over 20lbs again, and hadn’t realized before what that restricted me from doing. If only some of the church body is moving and functioning... it’s still a church that doesn’t live up to its full potential. How is Christ to be brought to the world if the body of Christ doesn’t wake up and function in the world. I know you’ve probably heard the song by Casting Crowns, “If we are the Body” and it’s a good song, but what inspired me this time to write was Deitrich Bonhoeffer’s book “The Cost of Discipleship” and a chapter called “The Visible Community”. Christ’s body is the church (psst... that’s us! Not the building!), and if we are not a visible light in our own community, than how will Christ be known in our world. Part of our current problem is that we have compartmentalized church (Just imagine putting Christ in a tupperware container, only bringing him out to play on Sundays and Wednesday night if he “behaves” the rest of the week). We allow God to only occupy a small part of our lives. He’s not welcome at our jobs, schools, or everyday activities. “That’s too much. I don’t want to seem like a fanatic.”, we might declare to God. But God has given us His very own Son, so that we might be hiers of His Kingdom. How much do we show that we are grateful to him if we only give him our Sundays and Wednesdays? “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.” -Romans 11:36-12:1

For lack of any current pictures, you are forced to look at Josiah... not a particularly good picture of Josiah, but one nonthe-less. So email me some pics you’ve taken over the years of our youth group! sparquay@gmail.com

-Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥

email: sparquay@gmail.com

website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

Upcoming Events
Jan 27- Jr. & Sr. High Devo We’ll be meeting at the Atchley/Chapman’s after services on Sunday Night. Bring enough food for everyone otherwise everyone eats light, and that’s not so cool. I’m currently unable to repeat Jesus’ feeding of the 5000, or even feeding our youth group with a few bagel bites. Feb 3- Superbowl Sunday The Sparks’ are opening their home after Sunday evening class to watch the Superbowl. I will attempt to record it so we can watch the whole game. Please bring your favorite football snacks to share! Feb 6- Eat Out @ TBA Make suggestions in the comments for this event on our website! Mar 7-8- Unify 2008

Weekly Family Time
Joseph the Dreamer
Week # 4 OBJECTIVE: To understand that God gives everyone talents that can be used for God’s purposes. Feasting on the Word: Genesis 37:3-11, 17b-21, 23-25, 28, 31-36 39:1-6, 19-21 41:1a, 8, 14-32, 39-43 Family Discussion: Why were Joseph’s brothers jealous of him? Why did they get angry when they heard about his dreams? What plot did they devise to get rid of Joseph? Where did Joseph end up? Was it Joseph’s fault he was a slave or that he was put in jail? Who protected Joseph through all his troubles? What talent did God give to Joseph that helped him to get out of jail? How did Pharaoh reward Joseph after his dreams were explained? How did Joseph’s gift of interpretation prove to be a blessing for Joseph as well as others? Challenge: Think carefully about each member of your family. Be sure to thank God for the particular talents that each member has been given. God never gives us talents or gifts so that we can keep them to ourselves. He wants us to share the good things He has given us with others! Look for ways that you can bless those around you by using the special talents that God has given you.

“How May I Help You” is our theme, with a focus around serving. Hope you mark your calendars for this upcoming event.

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 211 Psalm 38-40 Acts 23:12-35 Day 212 Psalm 41-43 Acts 24 Day 213 Psalm 44-46 Acts 25 Day 214 Psalm 47-49 Acts 26 Day 215 Psalm 50-52 Acts 27:1-25 Day 216 Psalm 53-55 Acts 27:26-44 Day 217 Psalm 56-58 Acts 28:1-15

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“Aye, Matey!“
January 27, 2008

Vol. 1 No. 44

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Anchor Down
Instead of quoting the scripture here, I ask you to read Ephesians 4:11-16 before continuing to read my article. The phrase I want you to focus on is “no longer... tossed back and forth by the waves”. Imagine a bouy. What good would a buoy be without it’s anchor? It would be “tossed back and forth by the waves” and it’s original location would be unknown. It could float further out to sea or wash up against the shoreline. In both instances it could be confusing to sailors trying to navigate the waters. In one instance, the sailor might see a buoy wandering out at sea and think there were reefs where there were none and take unnecessary precautions. It might take him a lot longer to get to his destination as a result, or even prevent him from getting to the dock at all! In the same way we may take traditions and think they are rooted in the rock, but if we were to dive deeper, we’d see them for what they really are.... wandering buoys. A case of the blind leading the blind. In another instance, a sailor might see a buoy up on the shore in the fog and think all is clear, only endangering his crew trying to get to his destination. It is important that we root ourselves in God’s word so that we might rightfully determine what God’s will for our lives might be. Do not merely believe everything that is taught in class or said in the pulpit, but I encourage you to seek out the scriptures and see for yourselves what is God’s truth. “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. “ -Acts 17:11 The good news is, that we are not stuck as buoys out on the sea. We are the sailors, the buoys are but teachings guiding us into the docks. But we must use discernment with any teaching. We can attain the full measure of Christ, but it’s not easy. We have the guilding light of God’s Spirit and the written word of the Bible. If we do not use them as our compass and map, we will find ourselves lost at sea among the anchorless buoys. “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” - 1 Cor 3:11 -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ endnote- I hope I didn’t lose you too much in my imaginative illustration. I had a bit of trouble finding some inspiration for my article and David recommended this topic. Thanks David!

Rebecca Reed thanks God for the snow last weekend. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any in Columbus. email your pictures to... sparquay@gmail.com or I’ll take some from your Facebook accounts.

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Upcoming Events
Jan 27- Jr. & Sr. High Devo We’ll be meeting at the Atchley/Chapman’s after services on Sunday Night. Bring enough food for everyone. Feb 2- First Saturday Club Meet at the church building from 3 to 5. For kids from Kindergarten to 5th grade. See Debora Rohly for more 411. Hosted by Heather Peck. Feb 3- Superbowl Sunday The Sparks’ are opening their home after Sunday evening class to watch the Superbowl. Please bring your favorite football snacks to share! Feb 6- Eat Out @ TBA Make suggestions in the comments for this event on our website! Mar 7-8- Unify 2008

Weekly Family Time
Joseph the Dreamer
Week # 4 OBJECTIVE: To understand that God gives everyone talents that can be used for God’s purposes. Feasting on the Word: Genesis 37:3-11, 17b-21, 23-25, 28, 31-36 39:1-6, 19-21 41:1a, 8, 14-32, 39-43 Family Discussion: Why were Joseph’s brothers jealous of him? Why did they get angry when they heard about his dreams? What plot did they devise to get rid of Joseph? Where did Joseph end up? Was it Joseph’s fault he was a slave or that he was put in jail? Who protected Joseph through all his troubles? What talent did God give to Joseph that helped him to get out of jail? How did Pharaoh reward Joseph after his dreams were explained? How did Joseph’s gift of interpretation prove to be a blessing for Joseph as well as others? Challenge: Think carefully about each member of your family. Be sure to thank God for the particular talents that each member has been given. God never gives us talents or gifts so that we can keep them to ourselves. He wants us to share the good things He has given us with others! Look for ways that you can bless those around you by using the special talents that God has given you.

“How May I Help You” is our theme, with a focus around serving. Hope you mark your calendars for this upcoming event.

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 211 Psalm 59-61 Acts 28:16-31 Day 212 Psalm 62-64 Romans 1 Day 213 Psalm 65-67 Romans 2 Day 214 Psalm 68,69 Romans 3 Day 215 Psalm 70-72 Romans 4 Day 216 Psalm 73,74 Romans 5 Day 217 Psalm 75-77 Romans 6

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“Patriots vs. Giants“
February 3, 2008

Vol. 1 No. 45

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Superbowl
Many of you probably already know that I am not a huge sports fan. I do however try to watch the Superbowl when it comes around so that I’m not completely ignorant the next day when I run into someone who asks me what I thought of the game (it maybe this way with all the NCAA games, but I can only keep up with sports for so long). I think this was the first year that I actually had a hunch of who was going to be in the Superbowl a week before the big game. Part of that was because the Patriot’s so-far perfect season has been a big news item. This is an NFL first. Many have not even given a second glance at the Giants for a chance to win. In spite of all this, I will still cheer for the Giants. I like hoping for the “underdog” to win. There was another underdog, that nobody would have even made a bet on back two thousand years ago. Things were not looking good at the end of the week for Jesus. For the disciples, Jesus’ death on the cross was a crushing blow to their dreams of ushering in the Messiah to their eternal earthly “Kingdom of God”. There was no way that the “Kingdom of God” was going to be when the one expected to bring it about (Jesus) was laying in a tomb of rock. Sunday Morning came (the same day, the NFL decides to hold the Superbowl for some odd reason) and against all odds Jesus rose from the dead, a prediction nobody was betting on. Bringing to view a kingdom that is more than this world has to offer or (apparently even to Jesus’ closest companions) could even imagine. At the same time, Jesus wasn’t the underdog, but the reigning champion. Jesus would be the only man to end the season with a perfect winning streak. In his whole lifetime, Jesus managed to live a life without sin. A perceptively impossible task for any man (Romans 3:23). I was reading an article on ESPN.com about the writer’s frustration of acheiving a perfect season in the “Madden” football video games. Apparently, it’s inachievable even with cheats and bending the rules to suit. But Christ made it through life completely clean from the filth of this world without having to bend any of the rules. He didn’t even cheat death! This was required for us, the underdogs, to have any chance of going to the Superbowl with Christ... playing for the winning team (read Revelations... it says we win). I look forward to wearing that Superbowl Champion ring (the crown of life). Don’t you? -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

David went to the “Wayback” machine and pulled this one up for me. There’s much more where this came from! Email your pictures to... sparquay@gmail.com or I’ll continue with pictures from the past!

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Upcoming Events
Feb 3- Superbowl Sunday The Sparks’ are opening their home after Sunday evening class to watch the Superbowl. Please bring your favorite football snacks to share! Feb 6- Eat Out @ Peachtree Mall Nobody made any suggestions so I went for the place where eveyone can make their own choice. Feb 9- 5-8th Grade Devo @ Cathy Tucker’s Cathy wanted to open up her home to you guys. Meet @ 5pm, bring food. Drinks are provided. Feb 20- Eat Out @ TBA Make suggestions or it’s my choice again! Feb 22- Girls/Guys Night For Grades 9-12th. More info later. Mar 7-8- Unify 2008

Weekly Family Time
Joseph the Forgiver
Week # 5 OBJECTIVE: To understand and apply Joseph’s attitude of forgiveness. Feasting on the Word: Genesis 41:38-41, 53-57 Genesis 42 Genesis 44:14-15, 18-29 Genesis 45:1-11, 14-15 Family Discussion: How powerful did Pharaoh make Joseph in the land of Egypt? How much grain was stored and under Joseph’s control? Who sent Joseph’s brothers to Egypt? Why? How did Joseph respond when he saw his brothers? What did Joseph ask his brothers to bring back to him from their home? How did Jacob feel about sending Benjamin with his brothers? What caused Joseph to weep at different times in the story? Compare the way Joseph’s brothers cared for Joseph as a lad and their care of Benjamin. Do you think they had repented? How did Joseph show his feelings about his brothers and father at the end of the story? Did Joseph have to tell his brothers who he was? Did he have to forgive them? Who did Joseph say was responsible for his ending up in Egypt? How did his faith in God help Joseph to repair his relationship with his family?

Challenge: Think of a time a family member or another person wronged you in some “How May I Help You” is our way. How did it make you feel? Was it easy to forgive? Have you ever theme, with a focus around needed forgiveness? How did it feel to be forgiven? How can you use serving. Mark your calendars Joseph’s story of faith, repentance, and forgiveness as a godly model to for this upcoming event. Look mend relationships in your own life? for Sign-Up sheets to reserve your t-shirt!

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 218 Psalm 78 Romans 7 Day 219 Day 220 Psalm 79-81 Psalm 82-84 Romans 8:1-18 Rom. 8:19-39 Day 221 Psalm 85-87 Romans 9 Day 222 Psalm 88,89 Romans 10 Day 223 Psalm 90-92 Rom. 11:1-21 Day 224 Psalm 93-95 Rom. 11:22-36

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“Happy V-Day!“
February 10, 2008

Vol. 1 No. 46

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True Love
Yesterday, at the 5th thru 8th Grade Devo we talked about true Love (which technically hasn’t happened yet at the time of this writing... weird time warp past tense!). With Valentines Day coming up in just 4 days, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about it here, too! Bonus points to whoever can tell me what movie these two quotes come from... “Wove, Twue Wove.” and “Liar! Liar! He said True Love and you know it!” (Ok, back to the article.) The world has a skewed image of Love. This is also evident in scripture... “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” -1John 4:7-8 The world may think it knows what love is, but is only able to make a terrible attempt at copying a selfish version of it. A version that only understands sex, giving to get, and loving yourself above all else. John’s statement mentioned above is only made more evident by contrasting it with the world’s vision of love. Yes, we all desire love in our lives, but we strive to get it from the wrong source most of the time. We try and get it from others, or even ourselves. Unfortunately, we only manage a broken type of love between each other most of the time. If you want to understand True Love... you have to look at God and what he has done for you. “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” -1John 4:9-10 True love is sacrifice. True love is giving before even expecting anything in return. True love is giving what can’t be returned by the reciever. Now that we know God, and the type of love God gives... “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” -1John 4:11-12 This is the kind of love we should be showing to one another. Go this week and show love to the world. True love, so that they might see God in you and want to know that love for themselves. Pray that I also can show this love to others in the world, too! -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

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Upcoming Events
Feb 20- Eat Out @ TBA Make suggestions or it’s my choice again! Feb 22- Girls/Guys Night For Grades 9-12th. More info later. Mar 7-8- Unify 2008

Weekly Family Time
Moses and the Burning Bush
Week # 6 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the story of the burning bush and its application to us today: No excuses! Feasting on the Word: Exodus 3 Exodus 4:1-17 Family Discussion: What was unusual about the bush that was on fire? (3:2,3) What did God tell Moses to do? Why? (vs. 5) Why did God want Moses to go back to Egypt? (3:7-10) Moses was not sure he was the man for the job. He tried to make excuses. What was his first excuse in 3:11? What was God’s answer to that excuse? (verses 12 and 19-20) What was Moses’ second excuse in 4:1? What was God’s answer to that excuse? (4:2-9) What was Moses’ third excuse in 4:10? What was God’s answer to that excuse? (verses 11-12) In verse 13, Moses begged God to send someone else. How did God feel about that in verse 14? However, God provided Moses with help so he could do the job. What did God say in verses 14-17? God gives each of us opportunities to do things for him. Talk about some of them. What are some excuses people give for not getting involved? Read Ephesians 3:20,21 and Philippians 4:13. Discuss how these verses can help you overcome the temptation to make excuses. Challenge: Discuss this: Have you been making excuses to God for why you CAN’T do something He wants you to do? Are you afraid to teach others about Jesus? Are you waiting on others to invite you to get involved in church work? What did God do every time Moses made excuses? Pray for God to empower you to do great things for him.

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Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 225 Psalm 96-98 Romans 12 Day 226 Psalm 99-102 Romans 13 Day 227 Psalm 103,104 Romans 14 Day 228 Psalm 105,106 Rom. 15:1-20 Day 229 Psalm 107,108 Rom. 15:21-33 Day 230 Day 231 Psalm 109-111 Psalm 112-115 Romans 16 1 Corinthians 1

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“In God’s Kingdom“
February 17, 2008

Vol. 1 No. 46

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Citizenship
It is an election year, and I find it amusing how much David does his research into politcal matters. Yet, he remains a Canadian citizen who has no right to vote here. Sorry, David. He has at times expressed an interest in becoming a US citizen so that he can vote. As much as he knows about each running candidate and spends time listening to those talk radioshows... he still isn’t able to give his more knowledgable input in the form of a vote like a citizen of the US who might take their right to vote for granted and vote uninformed of the true issues at stake, or worse yet, forego voting at all. But in spite of the priviledges of being a United States Citizen, there is a citizenship that goes well beyond the boundaries that this world could contain. It’s rights and priviledges of citizenship go well beyond anything this earth has to offer. I am speaking of course of the Kingdom of God. I was studying Ephesians for our class and made note of this small passage... “...remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.” - Ephesians 2:12 Paul was speaking to the Gentiles and their past position of being unwelcomed in God’s kingdom because there wasn’t a way for them. Sure they could become proselytes, but they still weren’t welcomed into God’s temple. They still lacked the full priviledges of Citizenship. I saw recently some questions to the test of becoming a US citizen... and there is no way I would be able to pass that test (sorry). Do you know how many changes or amendments there are to the Constitution? Or how many representatives there are in Congress? I don’t and I didn’t even bother to look it up for the article (isn’t that sad?). Do you know what it takes to become a citizen in God’s kingdom? Rather quite simple in comparison and yet the priviledges of being in God’s Kingdom far out weigh what we could ever have here on earth. We even have access to being in the presence of our King! It’s rare that anyone of us is actually going to be acknowledged by the president of the US... but God comes down to live within us in his Spirit! We do not have a King or Leader who does not care for us, but in a very real way knows us better than we know ourselves. He is our great protector, defender, pardoning our transgressions against His Kingdom again and again. He loves us. He is our Dad. Where does your citizenship lay? To what nation will you be patriotic and be willing to give your life for? Which comes first for you in your life? Who do you serve?

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Feb 20- Eat Out @ CiCi’s Thank Travis Heller for this Pick! Feb 22- Areawide Singing Night at CVCoC Feb 22- Girls/Guys Night For Grades 9-12th. After the singing night at CVCoC. Mar 7-8- Unify 2008

Weekly Family Time
Moses and the Ten Plagues
Week # 7 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the story of the ten plagues and its application to us today: God’s mighty power! Feasting on the Word: Selected texts from Exodus, chapters 7-12 Psalms 77:11-15 Family Discussion: God told Moses that there were going to be great miracles and mighty acts of judgment against Egypt. Why? (7:1-5) Discuss God’s power in the first plague. (7:19-21) What was the second plague? (8:1-6) Try to imagine frogs everywhere in your house: in your bed and in your food! Then imagine what it was like when they all died! (See v. 13, 14) What was the third plague? (8:16, 17) In the fourth plague, what insects swarmed the Egyptians, but not the Israelites? (8:20-24) What happened during the fifth plague? (9:1-6) Why was that a bad thing for the Egyptians? Notice how God makes the sores happen in the sixth plague. (9:8-10) God’s mighty power is enormously displayed in the seventh plague. What happened? (9:17-26) More swarms of insects are seen in the eighth plague? What were they? (10:12-15) What a miracle in the ninth plague! (Read 10:21-23.) How could total darkness cover the whole land of Egypt, but not in the section where the Isrealites lived? What was the tenth plague? Discuss God’s power over life and death as you read Exodus 11:4-7, then 12: 21-23, and 29-30. Challenge: Only God, who made all things, has the power to do what’s impossible. Read aloud together Psalms 77:11-15. Say a prayer of praise to God.

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Reading Guide
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Day 232 Day 233 Day 234 Day 235 Day 236 Day 237 Day 238 Psalm 116-118 Psalm 119:1-48 Ps. 119:49-104 Ps.119:105-176 Psalm 120-123 Psalm 124-127 Psalm 128-131 1 Corinthians 2 1 Corinthians 3 1 Corinthians 4 1 Corinthians 5 1 Corinthians 6 1 Cor. 7:1-24 1 Cor. 7:25-40

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“Be filled.“ -Matthew 5:6
February 24, 2008

Vol. 1 No. 47

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Spiritual Anorexia
Imagine a place where people are starving. There is rampant death all around because of malnutrition. You might be envisioning a place like Africa or someplace barren with no food, but in this case... it’s a place abundant with food. There is food all around and yet the people are starving themselves to death? Why? That’s exactly the question I’d like to ask you. Are you spiritually starving yourself, getting by on just a verse a day (if that) like a grain of a rice. I think most of us have God’s word readily available in our houses. We probably have about five to six bibles sitting around the house. And yet the lack of God’s word in our life is becoming evident, because the ignorance of what it says is noticeable. Are we raising a generation who will forget who God is because they never read the Bible at home? “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” - Deuteronomy 8:3 That verse was the verse Jesus quoted from after fasting for 40 days and Satan tempted him with making bread from a rock. I bet he could have made some great bread to fill his stomach. Instead, Jesus knows that we need God’s word to keep us truly alive! If you are not in God’s word and praying, you are spiritually starving yourself and at risk of spiritual death. Feed yourself! “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” -Matthew 5:6 If you read through Psalm 119, you will see many songs written just about God’s word and how refreshing it is... “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” -Psalm 119:103 “Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.” -Ezekiel. 3:3 Why would we be so disinterested in what God would have to say to us? The very words of God that can help us in this life are in our Bibles, and if we aren’t looking there... then where are we looking for our answers? Where are you looking for your answers?
-Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

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Upcoming Events
March 1- Come to Brewster’s with your PJs on!If you meet us at 3:30pm you won’t be the only one going to get free Ice Cream. We’ll be at the one next to CiCi’s. March 6- Eat Out @ TBA Make suggestions where you want to eat next. Mar 7-8- Unify 2008

Weekly Family Time
Moses and the Exodus
Week # 8 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the story of the exodus and its application to us today: The joy of being rescued! Feasting on the Word: Exodus 3:7-10, 12:31-42, and 14:10-31 Galatians 1:3-5; Mark 16:16; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 Family Discussion: According to Exodus 3:7-10, God said He would “rescue” the Israelites. Why did they need to be rescued? After the tenth plague (death of the firstborn), Moses led all the Israelites out of Egypt (the exodus). Read about it in Exodus 12:31-42. How many Israelites left Egypt? (vs. 37) After they left Egypt, they came to the Red Sea. They had no bridges and no boats, and the enemy was chasing them. What did God do to rescue them again? (Exodus 14:10-28) Can you stack up water into a pile and make it stay there? (If you have small children, let them try this!) Of course you can’t! Then how do you explain Exodus 14:29? What does verse 30 say that the Lord did that day? As a result of this great miracle, what did the people do? (vs. 31) Just when we needed it most, God came to our rescue too! He sent Jesus, His Son, to take away our sins by nailing them to the cross. Read Galatians 1:3-5. Being rescued means being saved from something bad. What do you have to do to be saved? Read Mark 16:16. What are you being saved from? (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9) Challenge: For small children: Talk about a storybook or a cartoon where someone was rescued. Talk about how they felt. For older children and adults: During the war with Iraq, a young female soldier was captured and beaten. She lay in a hospital for several days, suffering from wounds and broken bones. The enemy was all around her. How do you think she felt when her fellow soldiers bravely came in and rescued her? Now relate that to being saved from eternal suffering! How should we feel about being rescued?

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Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 239 Day 240 Day 241 Day 242 Day 243 Day 244 Day 245 Psalm 132-135 Psalm 136-138 Psalm 139-141 Psalm 142-144 Psalm 145-147 Psalm 148-150 Proverbs 1,2 1 1 Cor. 8 1 Cor. 9 1 Cor. 10:1-13 1 Cor. 10:14-33 1 Cor. 11:1-15 1 Cor. 11:16-34 Cor. 12

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“Be filled.“ -Matthew 5:6
March 2, 2008

Vol. 1 No. 48

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Spiritual Bulimia
Last week, I compared a lack of spiritual food (study and prayer) to spiritual anorexia. This week, I want to refer to another issue in our spiritual health. Spiritual bulimia. Bulimia nervosa is a condition where someone will eat a lot of food and after feeling guilty about what they just ate, they will throw it all up again. Spiritual bulimia would be the equivalent of a Christian filling their life up with sin and then “repenting” everytime they felt the pains of guilt. The only problem is that the guilt only lasts for so long before they’re back to fulfilling the desires of (as Paul refers to it) their stomachs. “Everything is permissible for me” — but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me” — but I will not be mastered by anything. “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food” — but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.” -1Cor. 6:12-13 This verse isn’t just talking about sexual sins, but it does lean that way as Paul continues in his letter. Why is it that some will fill their minds and hearts up with the junk this world has to offer? When we get our enjoyment out of whatever our body desires (sex, food, entertainment, acceptance, owning stuff ), and it becomes a greater need than our need for God we have allowed it to master over us, and it becomes our own god. Idol worship doesn’t seem to be a problem in our part of the world, but upon closer inspection, you would find that there are things that we do worship as gods. What is it that has become your idol? Is it time, money, entertainment (TV/games/sports/hunting), sex, acceptance, or any other thing that you may desire more than God? “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” -Matt. 4:4 There is a lot of things in this world that in and of themselves... are not evil. But when we fill ourselves up on the temporary things and claim that we are now happy (for the short time that it lasts), we are not having faith in God to provide the lasting joy that he gives. What do you run to when you are having a bad day? Do you go shopping? Do you raid the fridge? Do you sleep it off? These things that we fill our lives with are just empty. They don’t last, and yet we still insist on filling our lives with whatever and claiming that it is the only thing that can make us happy. I challenge you to think more on filling your life with Christ and making him Lord of your life, for real. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

From left to right... Hannah, Kayla, Lindsay, and Aprile. Email your pictures to... sparquay@gmail.com or I’ll continue with pictures from the past!

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Upcoming Events
March 6- Eat Out @ Moe’s Southwestern Grill Meet at ~5:30pm before our Wednesday Class. Next to the new mall. Mar 7-8- Unify 2008

Weekly Family Time
Prayer Life of David
Week # 9 OBJECTIVE: To understand David’s feelings about God by reading some of the psalms he wrote. Feasting on the Word: Psalm 23 Psalm 145:1-21 Psalm 103:1-22 Family Discussion: Look at each psalm and discuss the following: Do you think this psalm was a prayer or a song? In what ways does David describe the Lord in this psalm? How does David see himself compared to God? What characteristics of God are mentioned? What does God find pleasing in people? What does He find displeasing? How is David comforted by God’s presence? What things does God provide for David and others who love God? Who should praise the Lord? Why? How does God feel when we sing or pray to Him? How do you feel when you sing or pray to God? When should we pray? Challenge: Write your own psalm that tells how you feel about God, why you trust in Him, and why He is praiseworthy. God loves you and wants to hear how you feel about Him in your own words!! Memorize Psalm 23.

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Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 246 Proverbs 3,4 1 Cor. 13 Day 247 Proverbs 5,6 1 Cor. 14:1-20 Day 248 Day 249 Proverbs 7,8 Proverbs 9,10 1 Cor. 14:21-40 1 Cor. 15:1-32 Day 250 Day 251 Day 252 Proverbs 11,12 Proverbs 13,14 Proverbs 15,16 1 Cor. 15:33-58 1 Cor. 16 2 Cor. 1

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“Taking Action“
March 9, 2008

Vol. 1 No. 49

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Talk Is Cheap
This weekend we talked a lot about service. And then... we actually went out and did something. Tim and I thought it would be pretty futile if all we did was talk about how our service to people for God’s glory is important. If we didn’t back up our talk with some actions... we’d be like everybody else. But we’re called to be different. “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” - 1 John 3:17-18 Often, we talk too much and little is ever heard. I really think one of the key reasons for Jesus’ ability to connect with people, was that he actually cared enough about people to do something for them. “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” -Matt. 14:14 “Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.” -Matt. 20:34 “Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” -Mark 1:41 Jesus wasn’t satisfied with a soft heart, warm wishes, and then leaving them with a few empty words. He actually did something for them, because he sincerely loved the people. The same love we should have for one another. A truly deep love that requires sacrifice. I saw on TV once a couple of actors playing out a situation with a hidden camera documenting the reactions of the people around them. The actors would cause a scene in a park area with lots of people, and one of the actors would act as if they were in peril. Many times the people would walk by quickly, maybe stealing a quick glance over the shoulder. Some would be right there on a park bench, and try to ignore what was going on. Only a few people would actually stop to try and help. How come we can be so content to put our blinders on and see only what is going on in our lifes? When you come to church, do you see people hurting? Many times when we ask, “How are you doing?” Do we just say it in passing, not really caring how the person really is doing? Are we content to hear “Fine.” I admit there are times when I get in my little zone here at Church and maybe walk by someone who was just wanting somebody to say hello to them. Let’s open our eyes to the work that God has prepared in advance for us to do and be SUPERHEROES! (Eph 2:10) -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

Sarah and friend during UN1FY showing off their tower of cheese and crackers.

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March 20- Eat Out @ New China -Much requested by many people... more than actually ate food from Moe’s. March 22- 9th-12th Grade Devo- @ The Curringtons Bring $5 for Pizza and snacks. April 12- 5th-8th Grade Devo- @ The Curringtons

Weekly Family Time
David and Goliath
Week # 10 OBJECTIVE: To read the story of David and Goliath and to discuss how we can emulate the courage David had. Feasting on the Word: I Samuel 17:1-51 Family Discussion: How did David respond to Goliath’s threats? How did the Israelite army respond? Why were the responses so different? What did David’s older brothers think about his attitude? What do you think God thought about their attitude? What did King Saul want David to take into battle? Why didn’t David take it? What did he use to protect himself instead? Why do you think David took five stones? David was from the tribe of Benjamin, which was known for having excellent slinging skills. What previous experiences did David have that caused him to believe that God would protect him? How did his past experiences end up as a benefit to his whole nation? What happened to the Philistines after David killed Goliath? Do you think David might have been scared even though he was courageous? Who was really responsible for the outcome of this battle? Challenge: How do you feel when you see or hear others mocking or making fun of God? List some ways that you might be courageous when it comes to standing up for God in your day-to-day life. Make a commitment to study God’s word faithfully while you are young so you will have the skills to stand firmly against the enemies of God. Ask God to help you to remember to trust in Him when circumstances look difficult so that you can be courageous like David even when others are not.

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 253 Day 254 Day 255 Day 256 Day 257 Day 258 Day 259 Proverbs 17,18 Proverbs 19,20 Proverbs 21,22 Proverbs 23,24 Proverbs 25-27 Proverbs 28,29 Proverbs 30,31 2 Cor. 2 2 Cor. 3 2 Cor. 4 2 Cor. 5 2 Cor. 6 2 Cor. 7 2 Cor. 8

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“Live Worthy“
March16, 2008

Vol. 1 No. 50

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Calling
“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” -Ephesians 4:1 In our Sunday morning class we’ve been studying Ephesians and the verse above has stuck with me for quite some time now. I know we talked about this in class, but I can’t help but continue to think about it and the implications to our life. To truly understand how we ought to live a worthy life, we must first realize to what calling we have received. “In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will...” -Ephesians 1:5 We have been adopted as God’s very own children. We are now heirs to an inheritance that we will share with Christ, the rightful son. We have been called to a place in God’s kingdom. This calling that we have received is to a higher position than any of us have even dared to dream. The greek word for “calling” here, is deeper in it’s definition then what we’re given in any translation (KJV comes closest- shock!)... “an invitation to experience of special privilege and responsibilty.” -κλησισ (klay-sis) (Danker, Greek-English Lexicon) κλησισ Everyone in this body has a role to fill as part of God’s kingdom. We are all given a responsibilty according to the gifts that God has given us through our natural abilities, gained skills, and fruits of the Spirit. Again as Ephesian 2:10 says, “We are God’s workmanship.” Not one of us is unimportant in God’s kingdom. We are all needed... to build up the Church. Do not neglect the higher things that God has called you to do! My mind immediately thinks to Moses in the desert being called by a burning bush to lead God’s people out of Egypt. Moses didn’t feel ready for that, and I imagine many of us don’t feel ready for the things God has prepared us to do. But remember who is the potter and who is the clay. God knows you more than you know yourself. He is able to transform you into His image, even if you can’t see it right now. You just need to be willing to trust in God and know that he has given you a purpose in this life. Won’t you give your life to him as a living sacrifice... experience the adventure, and see who you were really meant to be? This verse in Eph. 4:1 has been stuck in my head like a song all this week. I hope it’s to your blessing as it has been to mine. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

Hannah really doesn’t like Easy Cheese!

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Upcoming Events
March 20- Eat Out @ New China -Much requested by many people... more than actually ate food from Moe’s. March 22- 9th-12th Grade Devo- @ The Curringtons Bring $5 for Pizza and snacks. April 12- 5th-8th Grade Devo- @ The Curringtons

Weekly Family Time
Daniel’s Training
Week #11 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the story of Daniel’s training and its application for us today: God blesses those who follow Him. Feasting on the Word: Daniel 1:1-21 Family Discussion: Judah was captured by what group of people? (vs. 1) What was the name of the king of Babylon? (vs. 1) In verses 3 & 4, the king ordered that some of the Israelites from the royal families be brought to him. What characteristics were the young men have? Who were four of the young men taken from Judah and what were their names changed to? (vs. 6,7) What does Daniel not want to do in verse 8? What does Daniel ask the guard to do in verse 12 & 13? How did the boys appear after ten days? (vs. 15) How did God bless these four young men? (vs. 17) At the end of their three-year training period, how did Daniel and his friends compare to all the others? (vs. 18-20) Challenge: God blessed Daniel for his obedience. God wants to bless us if we follow His guidance. What are some blessings we receive when we follow God’s plan? Did you find it difficult to find blessings? Are blessings from God always physical? List some specific ways in which your life is better because you follow God. Read James 1:25. Conclude with a prayer asking for guidance for your family and God’s richest blessings.

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 260 Eccles. 1-3 2 Cor. 9 Day 261 Eccles. 4-6 2 Cor. 10 Day 262 Eccles. 7-9 2 Cor. 11:1-15 Day 263 Day 264 Day 265 Eccles. 10-12 SongofSol. 1-3 SongofSol. 4,5 2 Cor. 11:16-33 2 Cor. 12 2 Cor. 13 Day 266 SongofSol. 6-8 Galatians 1

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“Honor“
March23, 2008

Vol. 1 No. 51

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Your Parents
‘Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” - Ephesians 4:2-3 Sometimes we may differ on an opinion of a particular something. It might be an unclear issue in the Bible, or it might be a particular tradition that one has. Sometimes we may differ in how we act or dress, or even an age difference. There’s even difference in race or cultural background. There are a lot of things that we may notice different about each other. Whether it’s exterior or an interior thing. Especially when we bring the Bible and church into the picture, it seems like there are a lot of things that we could divide on if we were to choose sides and draw up boundaries. That is actually what Satan is trying to do to us! “Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” -Ephesians 4:26-27 If he can get us to divide up, that is when we lose our strength as a body of Christ. When we are divided then it leaves some inevitably hurt. Unfortunately, if we are not a strong united body, then Satan will attack the weaker, and young Christians. “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” -1Pet. 5:8 This illustration Peter uses of a Lion prowling around is very visual, and recently someone showed me this amazing YouTube video of some Lions attacking a baby water buffalo. It had seemed like it was too late for the little one, when the whole herd came to the baby buffalo’s defence. The buffalos attacked and the lions ran away. That baby buffalo survived, because the older bigger stronger buffalos came to its rescue as a united front. I thought about our function as a church as that Water Buffalo herd, protecting the young and weak from Satan the Lion hunting for his next meal. The whole herd had to come for support. We need to make sure we are united in Christ. Forget our differences, God made us all unique to fill different functions of the body, but every part is important. Let us continue to truly love for one another. We may have differences, but there are some things more important to focus on. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

Mikayla Thompson enjoying the destruction of the house. Not pictured is the time she almost took David’s head off with a 2x4 coming through the wall.

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April 2nd- Eat Out @ April 12- 5th-8th Grade Devo- @ The Curringtons

Weekly Family Time
Daniel and the Lion’s Den
Week # 12 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the story of Daniel and the lion’s den and its application for us today: We must trust God. Feasting on the Word: Daniel 6:1-28 Family Discussion: Who was king at this time? (Dan. 5: 31) What did King Darius plan to put Daniel in charge of? (vs. 3) How did this make the other administrators feel? (vs. 4) Could they find anything to charge Daniel with? (vs. 4) What decree did the administrators come up with? (vs. 6-9) Did he stop praying after the decree was given? (vs. 10) How often did Daniel pray to God? (vs. 10) What did the administrators do when they found Daniel praying? (vs. 12) How did this make the king feel? (vs. 14) What happened to Daniel? (vs. 16) Was Daniel hurt in the lion’s den? (vs. 20-22) Why was Daniel saved from the lions? (vs. 23) What happened to the administrators? (vs. 24) Challenge: Have you had times in which you had to take a stand for God, even though you knew others would give you a “hard time” for it? Allow time so that each family member can share their experiences. What is it that helps us make it through the “persecution” of others? What was it that saved Daniel? (Trusting God) Do we trust God enough to take a stand when we know that the world will persecute us?

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 267 Isaiah 1-3 Galatians 2 Day 268 Isaiah 4-6 Galatians 3 Day 269 Isaiah 7-9 Galatians 4 Day 270 Isaiah 10-12 Galatians 5 Day 271 Isaiah 13-15 Galatians 6 Day 272 Isaiah 16-18 Ephesians 1 Day 273 Isaiah 19-21 Ephesians 2

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“Honor“
March 30, 2008

Vol. 1 No. 52

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Your Parents
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” — which is the first commandment with a promise — “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” -Ephesians 6:1-3 I don’t think this a command that we ever get to be too old for... as much as it may pain you for me to say it. I think this is something that sticks with us for our whole life. What started this topic was my reading in 1 Timothy about taking care of widows... (seemingly unconnected, I know), but it says: “But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God....If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. “ -1 Tim 5:4,8 This carries on this concept of honoring our father and mother. In some countries (such as Mexico, China, etc.), family is more important than the individual. In China, when naming someone, the family name goes first, and the “first” name goes after it. What you do whether bad or good, as part of your family would either disgrace them or honor them. In these same countries, the elderly are highly respected and recognized for their wisdom. Our country has an entirely different culture though, we honor and reach for youthfulness. Pepsi’s slogan for a time was “Be Young, Drink Pepsi”, so a bunch of old people drank Pepsi (at least in the commercials). Plastic surgery is an attempt to make old people look younger. A majority of marketing companies target young people in their ads. All this attention on youth has neglected and rejected the wisdom of the ages. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think this is necessarily a good thing. Maybe, we’re missing out on something when we are continuously rejected the old and replacing it with the new. It may be the case with electronics that newer is almost always better, but I don’t think that means we should treat people the same way. Finally, skipping back to (I know, it’s one concept with lots of principles to it) honoring our father and mother and how the way we act reflects back to our families, whether we’re doing good or bad. If this is not incentive enough to think about your behavior... think about another family you belong to... the Family of God. When you act or behave in a disgraceful way, how does that reflect the name of Christ? Let’s think of how we can honor both our earthly and heavenly families. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

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Upcoming Events
April 2nd- Eat Out @ Peachtree MallMeet at 5:30 before Wed. Night Classes. April 12- 5th-8th Grade Devo- @ The Curringtons

Weekly Family Time
Daniel’s Three Friends and the Fiery Furnace
Week # 13 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace and its application for us today: We must put God first. Feasting on the Word: Daniel 6:1-28 Family Discussion: Who was the king during this time? (vs. 1) How tall was the golden image? (vs. 1) What were the people to do when they heard the music play? (vs. 5) What was the consequence of not falling down to worship the image? (vs. 6) Did Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego fall down and worship the statue? (vs. 12) How did this make the king feel? (vs. 13) What was their response to the king’s command to fall down and worship the idol? (vs. 16-18) What did the king command after hearing this response? (vs.19-21) What happened to the soldiers that threw the three men into the fiery furnace? (vs. 22) What happened to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the furnace? (vs. 26-27) How did the king react to this miracle of God? (vs. 28-30) Who did the three men trust would take care of them? (vs. 28) Challenge: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego put God before anything else. They were willing to give their lives for God! What would you say is the most important thing in your life? Can you say that God truly holds that position? Are you willing to give up anything for God? Read Matthew 6:33; Are you seeking first the kingdom and the righteousness of God in your life?

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 274 Isaiah 22,23 Ephesians 3 Day 275 Isaiah 24-26 Ephesians 4 Day 276 Isaiah 27,28 Ephesians 5 Day 277 Isaiah 29,30 Ephesians 6 Day 278 Isaiah 31-33 Philippians 1 Day 279 Isaiah 34-36 Philippians 2 Day 280 Isaiah 37,38 Philippians 3

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“We need a name.“
April 6, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 1

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We need a Name!
I’m trying to come up with a new design for the youth website and the newsletter. We’ve had this same design for the newsletter for over a year now, and it’s time for something new. I want to make this so that you have some ownership in it though. I could come up with a name and a theme and run with it, but then it won’t be yours. I want this to be your youth ministry. Something you will be proud to say, “This is my youth group!” So I need a something from you guys. I need a good name that we can call ourselves by... something that has meaning to it. Maybe an acronym of what we’re aspiring to be, or something from the Bible that has a deep meaning for us. To give you an example, when I was in High School we had the East Gate Club. In Revelations 21:13, there are 12 gates that surround “The New Jerusalem” (a.k.a. Heaven), three on each of the sides (North, South, East, West). Simply, because we were all trying to help each other get to heaven. We even had a greeting when we parted, “See you at the East Gate.” It was saying, we’d look for each other when we got to Heaven. It still brings a smile to me even now that I think back on it. Another example, a youth group from Searcy has the name C.I.A. (Christians In Action). We can’t take “The Hill” as our name though, because Cascade Hills already has that for their youth group. And avoid any names that are affiliated with sports teams. Besides I can think of more positive ways to apply eagles than dogs to the bible. We’ll make this into a contest. Suggest your ideas for names to me by April 20th, then we’ll all vote on our favorite. The winning name will become our youth group’s name, and the winner will recieve a gift certificate from Barnes and Noble. The name probably won’t change for a while, so think of something good! I just think it would be better to have a more personable name than “Rose Hill Church of Christ Youth Group.” It’s just too long! Be creative!

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Upcoming Events
April 12- 5th-8th Grade Devo- @ The Curringtons From 5-8pm. Just bring yourselves and your Bibles. The Curringtons are providing dinner for everyone. April 16- Eat Out @ TBA Make suggestions to Aaron Sparks

Weekly Family Time
Keys to Having a Good Home Bible Study
• Have a family meeting and discuss what night and time of the week would be best to have the study. • Stick to the time that is agreed upon and start and finish on time! • Make a decision that this will be a family priority. • Start with a prayer. • Give each family member time to discuss what has happened during their day. • Do not allow the discussion time to become a place for family gripes and arguments. • Give each family member an opportunity to share how he or she was able to work on last week’s lesson. • Always remember what the purpose of this study is... - To develop a closer relationship with God. - To develop a closer relationship with each other. - To unite as a Godly family. • Take time to work on your family project. • End with a prayer.

Suggestions for Family Projects
• Memorize the books of the New Testament. • Memorize the books of the Old Testament. • Develop an outreach of service that you and your family can do. - Write cards to the missionaries. - Write notes of appreciation to your Bible class teachers. - Mow someone’s yard. - Plant some flowers for someone. - Put together a care package for someone in need. - Visit the nursing home. • Memorize I Corinthians 13. • Memorize the 12 Apostles. • Memorize the 23rd Psalm. • Memorize the 12 sons of Jacob. • Memorize the verses that teach us the plan of salvation. As you can see there are unlimited opportunities to develop your family. Take time to come up with some of your own ideas to put Christianity to work in your family! I know God will bless you!

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 281 Isaiah 39,40 Philippians 4 Day 282 Isaiah 41,42 Colossians 1 Day 283 Isaiah 43,44 Colossians 2 Day 284 Isaiah 45-47 Colossians 3 Day 285 Isaiah 48,49 Colossians 4 Day 286 Isaiah 50-52 1 Thess. 1 Day 287 Isaiah 53-55 1 Thess. 2

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“Strength in Weakness”
April 13, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 2

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Unlikely Heroes
As I read through the Bible, I notice a common theme among the Heroes of the Bible... especially in the Old Testament. I would not have picked them out to be who they became to be... They all started out very human and weak. They all had their faults and ugly sides to them. They all made mistakes at some point even when they had already made some triumph for God! Noah was a drunk. Abraham was a liar. Moses was a shy and had no confidence. Samson could be stubborn, tempramental, and had a weakness for women. David was an adulterer and a murderer. Elijah suffered depression. Jeremiah was a whiner. The more you read about these people in the Bible, you might begin to wonder... Why is God choosing these people to be his leaders? You might wonder why he choose anyone on earth to be a leader or spokesman for himself. I think it was more for our benefit that those mistakes by these great men made were still recorded in the Bible. You see how God had loved them and saw through their mistakes and chose to use them anyhow. And this is in the Old Testament! God’s patience and loving kindness exceeds our human standards. In a way, it brings more glory to God for what he has done in their lives and what he is doing in our lives if we allow him to take control of our lives. Many times, it’s easy for me to look at my own faults, weaknesses, failures, and shortcomings. But I am strengthened by Paul’s words... “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” -2Cor. 12:9, 10 I also acknowledge the transforming power that God has in our lives. I read how he changed the apostles’ lives. Peter, Paul, Matthew... Once these men had come into contact with Christ, they were forever changed. I hope you will consider how Christ is and how he already has changed your life. Look beyond your own shortcomings and know that God is doing great things through you. Are you willing to let go and let him take your life to sculpt it for his purpose? -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
April 16- Eat Out @ Stevie B’s Meet at 5:30pm and come fellowship with everyone! April 26- Devo Hosted by Sparks We’re going to do something a little different... have a bag lunch and meet out at Lake Bottom Park, but if it rains, we’ll meet at the Sparks’ house. April 30- Eat Out @ TBA Make a restaurant request to me... okay?

Weekly Family Time
A Family with Purpose
Purpose: To read and discover God’s purpose for Christian Families. Bible Verses: Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 4:23; Philippians 2:1-5

Family Discussion:
• Matthew 1:18-25 • Who was the mother of Jesus? • Why did Jesus have to come down to earth? What was His purpose? (Matthew 1:21) • Matthew 4:23 • This verse gives a good overall picture of how Jesus lived His life. • Share four things that Jesus did from these verses. • What did Jesus ultimately have to do in order to fulfill His purpose of saving everyone from their sins? • Philippians 2:1-5 • Who are we named for as Christians? • Carrying the name of Christ brings about a great responsibility to imitate Christ. How can we as a family imitate Christ? • One of the things listed in verse 2 is purpose. We must have the same purpose as Christ. What was Christ’s purpose for life? (Refer back to Matthew 1:21) What is your purpose? • As Christians we must have the same purpose as _____________! Weekly Challenge: On a piece of paper write down three things you can do this week to imitate Christ’s purpose. Be prepared to share your experiences next week!

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 288 Isaiah 56-58 1 Thess. 3 Day 289 Isaiah 59-61 1 Thess. 4 Day 290 Isaiah 62-64 1 Thess. 5 Day 291 Isaiah 65,66 2 Thess. 1 Day 292 Jeremiah 1,2 2 Thess. 2 Day 293 Jeremiah 3,4 2 Thess. 3 Day 294 Jeremiah 5,6 1 Timothy 1

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“Having Joy.”
April 20, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 2

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I want...
Contentment is one of those hard qualities to learn. In fact, I’m still trying to learn it. Especially, being the kind of guy that likes to keep up with the newest things in Technology... I can’t afford to buy every new gadget that comes out. I remember a few of you have even said that you were surprised I didn’t own a iPhone (Apple’s touch interface cellphone). I don’t own one because it’s a really expensive product! A really cool product, but very expensive. I desire (or should desire) the more blessed things. One of them being content in any and every circumstance. My joy should not be connected to how much stuff I own, or if I’m able to get whatever gadgets I want. “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” -Phil. 4:11,12 Paul learned to be content in whatever circumstances he found himself to be in... he encourages Timothy to live a similar way saying.... “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” -1Tim. 6:6-8 In Hebrews 10:34, it says what some Christians had to go through, just because they were a Christian. People would come and take all their possessions away. Is your faith that strong? Or would you question God at the loss of your stuff? As David said in his sermon, “What is your soul worth to you?” So, not only should we be content with what we do have, but we should also be content even if we have lost every one of our material possessions. Think about these things the next time you think about that certain car you’ve got to have and are begging your parents for... or that new video game coming out, or those really cute shoes in the store. Would you be content with just the clothes on your back and enough food to survive? I think if we can learn to have joy like that, we will truly be happy in any and all circumstances, and truly be able to pray as Paul wishes... “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1Th. 5:16-18 -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
April 26- 9th-12th Grade Devo Hosted by the Sparks We’re going to do something a little different... have breakfast at 9:30am. Just sign up on my office door so that we can make sure to have enough food for everyone! April 30- Eat Out @ Hibachi Express I think we decided it was Japanese with an American Fast Food slant. Hopefully we’ll see you there at 5:30pm!

Weekly Family Time
Overcoming Satan
Purpose: To read and discuss how we can resist Satan. Bible Verses: Matthew 4:1-11; James 4:7; Matthew 26:41 Family Discussion: James 4:7 • We have the power to make Satan run. What must we do to cause Satan to run from us? • How can we resist Satan? Let’s look at the life of Christ to see how we can make Satan run! Matthew 4:1-11 • Jesus is face to face with the enemy, and is attacked with three temptations. List the three temptations that Satan threw at Jesus. • Jesus overcame each temptation the same way. How did Jesus make Satan run? • Jesus used God’s Word to overcome Satan. How can God’s Word help us overcome temptation in our daily lives? Share a personal example where you used God’s Word to overcome temptation. Matthew 26:41 • In this verse, Jesus is telling the apostles how to resist temptation. What did Jesus tell the apostles to do? Why do we need to be watchful for Satan? (1 Peter 5:8) • How can prayer help us resist Satan? Weekly Challenge: On a piece of paper write down three temptations each family member is facing. Share the temptations with the family and begin praying daily for strength to overcome these temptations.

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 295 Jeremiah 7,8 1 Timothy 2 Day 296 Jeremiah 9,10 1 Timothy 3 Day 297 Jer. 11-13 1 Timothy 4 Day 298 Jer. 14-16 1 Timothy 5 Day 299 Jer. 17-19 1 Timothy 6 Day 300 Jer. 20-22 2 Timothy 1 Day 301 Jeremiah 23,24 2 Timothy 2

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“What do you hunger for?”
April 27, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 3

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Fasting
Fasting seems like a very odd thing to do in our time. It seems about as archaic as tearing our clothes at the sound of bad news (Gen 37:34, Acts 14:14). Although, I don’t think it is a concept that we should totally skip over either. Jesus was questioned by John the Baptist’s disciples why he and his disciples did not fast, and Jesus’ answer was... “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast. “ -Mark 2:19, 20 Christ is understood as describing himself as the bridegroom here, and the guests as his followers. This could mean that we are in a state where we can fast, but it’s definitely not commanded of us. “Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.” -Acts 14:23 The above is a instance of Paul and Barnabas fasting before making a major decision in the churches. I recall that we fasted once here in this church for a 24 hour period. Fasting is a time of giving up something in reverence to God. As in all things, God should be the main reason for anything we do. If it becomes “look at me and my high spirituality” , then we have lost the point. As Christ has said... “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.” -Matt. 6:16 It isn’t commanded, and it isn’t for a reward or any kind of bargaining tool to use against God. It isn’t for health reasons either (just because you need to lose a few pounds). If it isn’t used as a way to commune and focus on God, then it is something misrepresented. Christ many times tried to explain his concept of fasting like this... “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” -John 4:34 and “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” -Matt. 4:4 What are some things that you crave in this world that are not God? Are we in danger of making those things our idols? If so, consider taking a break from them and focus in on God once again. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
April 30- Eat Out @ Hibachi Express I think we decided it was Japanese with an American Fast Food slant. Hopefully we’ll see you there at 5:30pm! May 14- Eat Out @ TBA Make any requests to me by May 7.

Weekly Family Time
Keeping Our Hearts Pure
Purpose: To read and discuss God’s strategies for keeping our hearts pure. Bible Verses: Matthew 5:1-8; Psalms 119:9-11; Philippians 4:8 Family Discussion: Matthew 5:1-8 • While sitting on the side of a mountain, Jesus began teaching His disciples. What goal did Jesus give the people to reach for in verse 8? • Why is having a pure heart important to God? What is the reward for those who have pure hearts? • The only way for us to have a relationship with God is to be pure. Satan tries to separate us from God with sin! How difficult is it to keep a pure heart in today’s world? • What are some strategies we can use to keep ourselves pure? Let’s look at two strategies from God’s Word. Psalms 119:9-11 • How can a young man or woman keep his way pure? • God has given us a road map to get to heaven! He has given us solutions to all our problems! When we are faced with a tough choice where should we go for the answer? Philippians 4:8 • Our thoughts have a direct impact on our actions. Would you describe your daily thoughts as good or bad? • What did Jesus think about each time He was tempted by Satan? (Matthew 4:1-11) Weekly Challenge: Have each family member write down a Bible verse they can use to help keep their hearts pure. Share the verses with the family.

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 302 Day 303 Day 304 Day 305 Day 306 Jeremiah 25,26 Jeremiah 27,28 Jeremiah 29,30 Jeremiah 31,32 Jer. 33-35 2 Timothy 3 2 Timothy 4 Titus 1 Titus 2 Titus 3 Day 307 Day 308 Jeremiah 36,37 Jeremiah 38,39 Philemon Hebrews 1

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“Do you hear that?”
May 4, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 4

Currently the website is down. If you would like to make suggestions about what you’d like to have on the new website, just email me , sparquay@gmail.com. I think this next version will be much simpler than the past version, because many of the features we had went unused. There is a “Coming Soon” placeholder and you can still get to the pictures via a link on that page. Featured Pic:

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Silence
Silence is becoming less and less available. It seems everywhere I am, I am surrounded by noise of some type. At home, the TV might be on, the phone might keep ringing, the noise of appliances, not to mention the arrival of our little bundle of noise joy. In the car, trucks with loud or no mufflers, bass thumping from nearby cars, even my own radio is guilty of being on just to drown out everyone else’s noise. In my office, as quiet as it is sometimes... it’s the things that break the silience that can be most distracting. The phone ringing, the buzz of florescent lights, the fridge in my office, and David setting the alarm on me. Part of me desires to be in absolute silence. To get away from all the visual and audible noises that surround us. But even then my mind might be my greatest enemy in robbing me of this pleasure I seek. My mind races to fill the emptiness with something. What should I do after this, what all has to get done, and images flash through my mind. “Be still, and know that I am God” -Psalm 46:10 Some people can’t stand to be in absolute silence, they have to have a TV or Radio on to have Ambient Noise. We’d take notice if we’d go to a restaurant and there was no music playing. Why is it we fill every waking moment with noise? What exactly are we trying to drown out? When Elijah ran away to hide from Jezebel, he waited to hear for God’s next guidance in a cave (1 Kings 19). Many times it’s noted in the gospels that Jesus went away by himself to be with God in quiet places. He even encouraged his Apostles to do the same... “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” -Mark 6:31 In this great age of technological advances... are we robbing ourselves of some valuable time with God, just because we surround ourselves with the noise of the world? I encourage you to seek out silence. Listen for God’s still voice. Pray to him for spiritual maturity in the areas you are still weak. Study his word to understand and know the will of God. Meditate on His word. Reflect on your life and blessings God has graced you. Many of us are long overdue for a true Sabbath. Find some place you can escape to where there is no distractions. Forget your cellphone at home, or at least turn it off for some time. Plan out a block of time that you can find a quiet place and rest... listen... be still.... and know God. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

Lance and April... a while ago.

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Upcoming Events
May 11- Mother’s Day Don’t forget to thank your moms for all that they’ve done for you! May 14- Eat Out @ TBA Make any requests to me by May 7. May 17- 9th-12th Grade Devo! Hosted by the Crumps at the church building. John will be grilling up something good! May 18- Family Night Come together, get the summer calendar and have a good time!

Weekly Family Time
A Praying Family
Purpose: To read and discover the power of prayer. Bible Verses Matthew 6:5-13; Matthew 7:7-8; Matthew 26: 36-46 Family Discussion: Matthew 6:5-13 • God knows everything we need! Why then do we need to pray to God? • Who is your best friend? What would happen to that relationship if you never communicated with each other? • If we fail to communicate with God, our relationship with Him will fall apart. How can we communicate with God? • List three things Jesus prayed for in verses 9-13. Matthew 7:7-8 • Jesus shares with us a comforting thought in these verses. If we ask for something, what will happen? Does that mean we will get everything we ask for? • What is the difference between praying for something we want versus something we need? Matthew 26:36-46 • Where did Jesus go with His disciples? What did He do while He was there? Why was Jesus praying? • Jesus was praying to prepare for His death on the cross! How can we use prayer to prepare ourselves for situations we may face? • What did Jesus encourage His apostles to do in verse 41? Weekly Challenge: Share with the family one thing you are currently praying about, and write each one down on a piece of paper. Meet together each day as a family and pray about the things on the list. (This may be done before a meal or before bedtime!)

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 309 Jer. 40-42 Hebrews 2 Day 310 Jer. 43-45 Hebrews 3 Day 311 Jer. 46-48 Hebrews 4 Day 312 Day 313 Day 314 Jeremiah 49,50 Jeremiah 51,52 LammentaHebrews 5 Hebrews 6 tions 1,2 Hebrews 7 Day 315 Lam. 3-5 Hebrews 8

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“Simply Living”
May 11, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 5

Ok, I guess I need to be a little clearer... the youth section of the website is currently in transition. If you have an interest in contributing to the website, please contact me via email sparquay@gmail.com. It will be a while before I can complete the website, as I have several other projects that need to get done first. Thanks for your patience! You can still access our old pictures. Just go to the website address www.rosehillchurch.com/youth and click on the link for pictures.

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Do I Need That?
Many of you probably won’t be receiving a economic stimilus check from the government, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t bombarded with ads from TV and Radio telling you where to spend it. It’s funny that our culture is so tied up in buying new things. Whether or not we needed them, just for the sake of buying something new. In fact maybe we really need to take a look at how we spend our money, what sort of things are we buying? Why are we buying it? Is it something we need? Maybe we need to evaluate our definition of “need”. You might be in a toy store and in the distance you can hear a kid whining out at the top of his lungs.... “But Mommy! I NEED IT!” In all truth, the kid probably didn’t need whatever it was, but if we’re not careful we can have this same misconception of what a “need” actually is. I’m still amazed by Paul’s statement to Timothy... “But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” - 1Tim. 6:8 When it comes down to it... that should be all we really need. We don’t even need the abundance of clothes we have. And yet regardless whether we have grown out of our clothes, but out of “necessity” to stay in fashion, we continually shop for more clothes. I mean... REALLY? Is that a need? I’m saying all this because we need to honestly take a look at how we live and think about where our treasure really lies. Is there things that you “can’t live without”? “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” -Matt. 6:19 I’m not necessarily saying that it’s wrong to own nice stuff... but just don’t let it take control of your life. Realize that the things we own are only temporary. Everything we invest in while we’re hear on earth is temporary. Don’t let your desire to acquire more stuff rule over you. Otherwise you have allowed it to become your master. God should be our only master. Let us not fall into this modern idolatry. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
May 11- Mother’s Day Don’t forget to thank your moms for all that they’ve done for you! May 14- Eat Out @ CiCis Meet at 5:30 before Wednesday Night Class. May 17- 9th-12th Grade Devo! Hosted by the Crumps at the church building. John will be grilling up something good! May 18- Family Night Come together, get the summer calendar and have a good time!

Weekly Family Time
Seeking God First
Purpose: To read and discover how to keep God first in our lives. Bible Verses: Matthew 6:33; Luke 14:15-23; Matthew 19:16-22 Family Discussion: Matthew 6:33 • God must be #1 in our lives! Why does God deserve to be first in our lives? • We must prove that God is our first priority by the way we live our lives. How can we prove that God is first in our lives? • What are some things we are tempted to seek before God? • What is the greatest reward you have ever received? • What reward is given to those who seek God first? Luke 14:15-23 • One of Satan’s greatest weapons is getting people to make excuses! What three excuses did people make in this parable for not following God? • We must have a daily relationship with God in order to keep Him first! Have you ever made excuses for not obeying God? • What does God think of us when we make excuses? Matthew 19:16-22 • What question did this man ask Jesus? Had this man kept the commandments that Jesus listed? • What was more important to this man, God or money? • What is the most important thing in your life? Weekly Challenge: We must read God’s Word daily in order to put Him first in our lives. This week read through the book of Philippians (one chapter each day), and write down one question over each chapter!

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 316 Ezekiel 1-3 Hebrews 9 Day 317 Ezekiel 4-6 Heb.10:1-23 Day 318 Ezekiel 7-9 Heb.10:24-39 Day 319 Ezekiel 10-12 Heb.11:1-19 Day 320 Ezekiel 13-15 Heb.11:20-40 Day 321 Ezekiel 16 Hebrews 12 Day 322 Eze. 17-19 Hebrews 13

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“...a time to be silent and a time to speak...” -Eccl. 3:7
May 18, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 6

Ok, I guess I need to be a little clearer... the youth section of the website is currently in transition. If you have an interest in contributing to the website, please contact me via email sparquay@gmail.com. It will be a while before I can complete the website, as I have several other projects that need to get done first. Thanks for your patience! You can still access our old pictures. Just go to the website address www.rosehillchurch.com/youth and click on the link for pictures.

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Tongue Tied
As a youth minister and bible teacher, I have one Bible verse that haunts me the most. It makes me think a lot about what I say. It also causes me to think if I’ve chosen the right field of work! “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. “ -James 3:1-2 I really begin to think about what I’ve said throughout the day. Sometimes, I may think those monks who take a vow of silence for 40 days may have something there. And yet total silence isn’t the total answer either. Although, we would all do well to strive to listen more and speak less. Imagine the things you could learn about people if you stop to just listen to what they’re saying, instead of running through your head trying to come up with a response to the first sentence spoken by the person. Think about the people who truly listen to you and what you have to say? How much more do they mean to you just because they stop to listen?!? Try to be the same blessing to others. And I’m not even just talking about our conversations with people, what about our conversations with God? How much of our time with God is spent talking to God, versus listening for God’s answer to prayers in the quiet solo times. Many might reply to that last statement with “God doesn’t speak to us today though.” Here I may volley back the question, “Have you ever stopped to listen to Him?” This week really challenge yourselves to study out more about what the Bible says about idle words and how the fool behaves. Also really think and reflect about each word you say, write, type, text to someone. How much of what you’ve said in your life was necessary? How much of it was a self-justification of some form? Whether it was giving an excuse for a shortcoming or justifying your actions with an onlooker. How much of what you said this week was for the glory of God? It’s in that last question that may reveal what we’re truly seeking instead of the Kingdom of God. What is it you seek to praise about to others? Is it yourself, a videogame, or even a good book? Then ask yourselves how many missed opportunities have we had to share the gospel of Christ. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
May 18- Family Night Come together, get the summer calendar and have a good time! May 25- Senior Slideshow After evening Services stick around to see a slideshow honouring our seniors and for cake and punch. If you’d like to donate to a Money Tree to be divided up among the graduates see me! May 31- 5th-8th Devo @ The Keith’s! More details to be announced soon. June 1- VBS Bon Voyage Party! Come help the young one register for our next VBS. June 3-7- VBS Work Week Come to help us put together another great VBS for the young ones! June 9-13- Seaside with the Savior VBS Make plans to help volunteer for this ministry to young people.

Weekly Family Time
A Wise Family
Purpose: To read and discover how to build our lives on the foundation of Christ. Bible Verses: Matthew 7:24-27; James 3:13-18 Family Discussion: Matthew 7:24-27 • In this story Jesus describes two different men. Who were the two men that Jesus talked about in these verses? • What did these two men have in common? What was different about the way they built their houses? • Both of these houses were hit by a severe storm. What happened to the two houses? Why did one house stand strong while the other one crashed? • Everybody is going to face storms (struggles) in their lives! Share a struggle you are currently facing at work or school. How can we build our house (life) so that it survives the storms we face? James 3:13-18 • James describes two different types of wisdom in these verses. One that is of God and one that is of the ____________. • How is the wisdom of the devil described? (vs. 14) • Selfishness is a major weapon of the devil. Describe a time in your life when you’ve been tempted with selfishness. • List the different characteristics of Godly wisdom (vs. 17) • We prove who we are by how we act! Describe how we can prove our wisdom in the eyes of God. Weekly Challenge: Write out the characteristics of Godly wisdom found in verse 17 on different sheets of paper. Place the papers around the house for the family to see throughout the week. Use these as reminders of how we can build our lives on the foundation of Christ!

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 323 Ezekiel 20,21 James 1 Day 324 Ezekiel 22,23 James 2 Day 325 Ezekiel 24-26 James 3 Day 326 Ezekiel 27,28 James 4 Day 327 Ezekiel 29-31 James 5 Day 328 Ezekiel 32,33 1 Peter 1 Day 329 Ezekiel 34,35 1 Peter 2

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“Breaking the Comfort Zone”
May 25, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 7

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Uncomfortable
This week I drove by a man with a cardboard sign several times that read something along the lines of “Will work for Food”. I’d like to tell you of the wonderful ways that I stopped to help that man, but instead I came up with lots of excuses. I had several days and opportunities to help him, but I just didn’t. My self said, “I don’t have any work for him to do. I don’t have a place for him to stay. This month is tight for us anyways. Somebody else more able to help him will stop. What if he wants to hurt me or my family if I bring him home for a meal? You just can’t be too careful these days!” Make no mistake, I don’t mean for you to endanger yourself or put yourself in a compromising situation. Especially if you are by yourself. I only write this to maybe invoke love for the least of these. “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” -Matthew 25:40 If you turn to the cited scripture, you’ll see this quote is embedding in the Jesus’ teaching about the difference between sheep and goats (not actual animals, just spiritually speaking). This verse, kind of scares me. Escpecially, in light of the fact that I’m not currently doing much for the “least of these”. I’ve been reading this book called “Irresistible Revolution” by Shane Claiborne. He essentially shares a section of his life as he’s trying to live his life accordingly to how Christ has called him out to “carry the cross”. He befriends and helps the homeless of Philadelphia, goes out to India and lives among a leper colony and cares for their wounds... and the experiences deepen his life immensely. As I’ve been reading this book, I can’t help but question my own life and figure out what things I should be doing here to reach out to the hurting and destitute. Sure, I could give money or donate food and clothes to an organization and say I’ve done my part. But Christ was among the people. I’ve been praying a lot about this, and I hope that you will also consider ways that we can really glorify God by serving our community. How will the gospel be heard if we are not preaching it with our lives? Let us not be content with being comfortable where we are, but strive continually towards the goal of becoming more and more like Christ. This means, denial of self, submission to others in service to those who so desperately need to experience the grace of God. Have you ever thought about your blessings from God as opportunities to bless others instead of possessions? -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

Johnny about to scarf down on some watermelon at the last devo.

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Upcoming Events
May 25- Senior Slideshow After evening Services stick around to see a slideshow honouring our seniors and for cake and punch. If you’d like to donate to a Money Tree to be divided up among the graduates see me! May 30- Lock-In! 9 pm to 6 am. Bring $5 to cover food. Also bring friends and a good attitude. We’re joining forces with CVCoC. This is for 7th-12th grades. May 31- 5th-8th Devo @ The Keith’s! Meet @ 3pm at the building to caravan. Bring your favorite dessert! June 1- VBS Bon Voyage Party! Come help the young one register for our next VBS. June 3-7- VBS Work Week Come to help us put together another great VBS for the young ones! June 9-13- Seaside with the Savior VBS Make plans to help volunteer for this ministry to young people.

Weekly Family Time
Building Our Faith
Purpose: To read and discover how to build our faith as individuals. Bible Verses Romans 10:17; James 2:14-26; Matthew 8:5-13 Family Discussion: Romans 10:17 • What are some things that are required to build a house? • We also need a tool to build our faith as individuals. What is the one tool we need to use to build our faith? • Reading stories from the Bible about Jesus, Jonah, and other Bible characters helps us to become stronger Christians! Who is your favorite person to read about in the Bible? James 2:14-16 • What is your favorite sport, hobby, or interest? How do you get better at these activities? • We must also practice our faith. How do we prove we are a faithful Christian? How did Abraham prove his faith? • Share some things you can do at home, school, and work to prove your faith. Matthew 8:5-13 • Why did the centurion come to Jesus? • What did Jesus say about the centurion’s faith? (vs. 10) • Jesus was amazed at this man’s faith! Share a time in your life when your faith was strong like the centurion’s. • On a scale of 1-10, how strong is your faith right now? Weekly Challenge: Write down your favorite Bible story, where it is found in the Bible and how it has impacted your faith. Next week come prepared to share your answers with the family.

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 330 Ezekiel 36,37 1 Peter 3 Day 331 Ezekiel 38,39 1 Peter 4 Day 332 Ezekiel 40 1 Peter 5 Day 333 Ezekiel 41,42 2 Peter 1 Day 334 Ezekiel 43,44 2 Peter 2 Day 335 Ezekiel 45,46 2 Peter 3 Day 336 Ezekiel 47,48 1 John 1

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“Heart of a Servant”
June 1, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 8

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Hidden Service
I recently read a line from the book “Celebration of Discipline” that follows... “It is one thing to act like a servant; it is quite entirely another thing to be a Servant.” That really got me thinking about how we sometimes act like servants rather than actually being a servant in our daily lives. The difference is an attitude that certainly takes time to develop. The willingness to do the small acts of service that may go unnoticed is a good definition of what it means to be a servant. Here I will mention another one of my shortcomings... I like to be acknowledged for the things that I do (this is not fishing for compliments, it’s actually a request for the opposite [but not criticism either!]). Jesus encourages us though to take on another type of attitude in our service for others though. There’s this idea that we should do things in secret. To not announce to the world everytime we do some good to others. This goes against everything our fleshly bodies desire. We all desire to be recognized for the good we do in the world, right? The works of service God has prepared for us to do may not be to feed the starving world, but maybe to consistently help others in the small ways everyday. You may receive thanks for your works of service, but then again it may go unnoticed. I can think of one way that people here at church serve every week and I’m sure they receive no thanks for the service that they do. Just about every week we have a potluck meal for our groups and visitors. That means every week there are some who prepare tastey meals. Every week there are those who in small ways help others by serving drinks. Every week there are those that stay behind to help clean up, and take out the trash. Every week there are people doing small acts of service and these people probably never think twice to do it. That is because they have developed a servant’s heart. There are other things that we can do everyday that God gives us the opportunity to do. This week is VBS Work Week. We have lots of things to cut out and prepare for the teachers and creating decorations for the following week. Think about things around the house that can be done and would be a great service to your family. Think about things that can be done in your neighborhood. Think about things that you can do for your friends (and as Christ would have us do... even for our enemies). Love one another! -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
June 1- VBS Bon Voyage Party! Come help the young one register for our next VBS. June 2-6- VBS Work Week Come to help us put together another great VBS for the young ones! June 4 Eat Out @ Peachtree Mall Come hang out before class on Wednesday Night! June 9-13- Seaside with the Savior VBS Make plans to help volunteer for this ministry to young people. June 18 Eat Out @ TBA Make suggestions to ensure we eat at your favorite places. June 23-26 Columbus Outreach Serve the community of Columbus and look for opportunities to bring Glory to God.

Weekly Family Time
A Saving Family
Purpose: To read and discover how our family can reach out to our friends. Bible Verses Matthew 13:1-9; Matthew 13:18-23; Matthew 28:18-20 Family Discussion: Matthew 13:1-9 • Jesus often taught using stories and parables. What is your favorite story of Jesus? • What story did Jesus use to teach the importance of sharing the gospel in Matthew 13? • How many different types of soil are mentioned in this parable? Did the farmer select where he was going to plant seeds or did he sow the seeds everywhere? Matthew 13:18-23 • In these verses, Jesus explains the parable of the sower. Out of the four types of soils, how many were good? • What is our responsibility as Christians? What are some things we can do as a family to reach out to our friends and neighbors? • Satan uses lack of understanding of God’s Word, persecution, and the worries of life to prevent God’s Word from growing in the hearts of people. Which one of these obstacles is Satan trying to use against you to prevent you from sharing God’s Word with others? Matthew 28:18-20 • What instructions did Jesus leave His apostles? Do these commands apply to us today? Weekly Challenge: Write down the name of one friend you are trying to reach with the gospel. Each day meet as a family and pray for these individuals.

Reading Guide
In a couple of weeks, we’ll start the schedule from the beginning again. If you’ve not started, it would be the perfect time to start! But then again, why wait a couple of weeks? Start the habit now! Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 337 Daniel 1,2 1 John 2 Day 338 Daniel 3,4 1 John 3 Day 339 Daniel 5,6 1 John 4 Day 340 Daniel 7,8 1 John 5 Day 341 Daniel 9,10 2 John Day 342 Daniel 11,12 3 John Day 343 Hosea 1-4 Jude

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“Happy Father’s Day”
June 15, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 9

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Like a Child
Being a father has really changed my perspective on things. I mean, I know people have told me “you’ll understand when you’re a father”, but there a few things that I’ve come to understand that maybe they didn’t mean by that phrase. Specifically, God’s relationship to us as a father. I mean I understood things from the child to father perspective, but to see it from the other side is really eye opening. I hope that I can explain myself in a way that you might understand it prematurely (before you become fathers and mothers yourself ). When it comes to God’s will for us as His children, I’ve had a few revelations about that from the fatherly perspective... and as much as my finite mind can concieve, I believe it’s pretty close to God’s mindset. Many of you probably are starting to think about major life decisions. Some may hesitate making a decisions to do one thing or another in life, because you wonder what God’s will is for your life. Josiah is still quite young, and probably hasn’t thought about what activities he’ll want to participate in when he is older. I think about how he’ll grow up and what interests he’ll have. Will he get into soccer? Football? Baseball? Will he become a bit of a geek like me? Truly, it doesn’t matter to me what he does. As long as he uses his talents, gifts and abilities to do what he would enjoy doing. I will gladly watch him catch a baseball as much as I would proudly hear him play the cello. As long as he uses his talents and gets joy from what he does. I think God shares that same vision for us. Do whatever brings you joy, and either use the natural talents you have or develop new ones you desire. I know the following parable of the talents refers to money, but considering what God has invested in us (His Holy Spirit, 2 Cor. 5:5), I think it still applies in this case. It’s just convenient that He called the currency talents. “To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability.” -Matt. 25:15 “For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” -Matt. 25:29 You’ve heard the expression, if you don’t use it you’ll lose it? Sounds like the same rule applies here. Although there is an exception to this rule. If you are using your gifts in disobedience... than that would fall outside of God’s will. So use what God has given you to glorify Him, and He will bless you with even more! -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
June 16- Monday Night Study Meet at the Sparks house for sword sharpening. We’ll be studying Old Testament prophesies, but feel free to bring up other topics we might deviate on. Bring your Bibles! June 18 Eat Out @ TBA Make suggestions to ensure we eat at your favorite places. June 19- Fun Day! Our first fun day of the summer! Meet @ Britt David Park for a picnic and Ultimate Frisbee, 12:00pm. June 23-26 Columbus Outreach Serve the community of Columbus and look for opportunities to bring Glory to God. June 27- Six Flags Over Georgia Church of Christ Day Sponsored by Faulkner University, the cost is only $38 and includes free parking, all-you-can-eat lunch, snack and entertainment, and even a bounce back pass! Get your money to me by June 22nd.

Weekly Family Time
Keeping Our Focus
Purpose: To read and discover how we can keep our family focused on Christ. Bible Verses: Matthew 14:22-31; Hebrews 12:1-2 Family Discussion: Matthew 14:22-31 • What is the most amazing thing you have ever seen? What miracle did the apostles witness here in these verses? • How would you react to someone walking on water? How did the apostles react? • What words did Jesus share with the apostles? Which apostle had the courage to get out of the boat? • What caused Peter to sink? Peter’s experience of walking on the water came to an abrupt end when he lost his focus. • We must be aware of possible distractions that cause us to lose our focus. What are some things in our lives that may cause us to sink? Hebrews 12:1-2 • We are running a race to get to heaven! What are some obstacles that may prevent us from finishing the race? • How can we overcome these obstacles? We must keep our eyes focused on Jesus, and we will reach our destination! • What are some things we can do to keep our eyes on Jesus at school and at work? Weekly Challenge: Have each family member write down Hebrews 12:1-2 on an index card. Keep the card with you throughout the week, and when you face a temptation pull out the card and read it for strength.

Reading Guide
In a couple of weeks, we’ll start the schedule from the beginning again. If you’ve not started, it would be the perfect time to start! But then again, why wait a couple of weeks? Start the habit now! Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 344 Hosea 5-8 Revelation 1 Day 345 Hosea 9-11 Rev. 2 Day 346 Hosea 12-14 Rev. 3 Day 347 Joel Rev. 4 Day 348 Amos 1-3 Rev. 5 Day 349 Amos 4-6 Rev. 6 Day 350 Amos 7-9 Rev. 7

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“Remaining in Christ”
June 22, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 10

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Abide with Me
I’ve been reading another book (I’m in the middle of five right now)... it’s called “With Christ in the School of Prayer” by Andrew Murray. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this book in my articles yet, but I read something today that really got me thinking. “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” -John 15:7 (NRSV) The word for abide in my greek dictionary is defined as “to stay, remain, live, dwell, abide; to be in a state that begins and continues, yet may or may not end or stop. “To abide in Christ” is to follow his example of a life obedient to the will of God”. Jesus is saying quite a bit in this verse. He’s giving us a promise that he will give us anything we ask for in prayer. That’s a big promise! But there’s also a big condition on that statement as well. “If we dwell in Him.” You don’t live in a hotel because you’re only there a few days. The same is true in our life. If we’re not obeying Christ everyday of the week, we are not living in Him” To quote a few lines from the aforementioned book... “How many prayers bring no answer? The cause must be either that we do not fulfill the condition, or God does not fulfill the promise.” (pg. 153). He goes on to say that since we’re not comfortable with either of those answers we slap the “if it’s God’s Will” onto our prayers as an excuse without digging deeper into the problem. Since God is always faithful to His promises, the only other conclusion is we are not fulfilling the condition. We’re not really dwelling in Christ if we aren’t willing to give him ALL of our life. If this makes you uncomfortable... know that it makes me uncomfortable too. It means that sometimes our prayers resemble more of what James is combating against when he says... “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.” -James 4:3 Let us all strive to live in Christ more on a daily basis, rather than only when it’s convenient, or when it’s time for Church. Maybe we should use our prayers as a gauge whether we’re actually dwelling in Christ. If our prayers are answered, that would be a positive indication that we are indeed living in Christ. If it seems that our prayers go unheard, maybe it’s time to evaluate ourselves and the life we live. Why is it whenever something isn’t going right, we always look to blame someone or something else? Let us align our will with God’s. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
June 23-26 Columbus Outreach Serve the community of Columbus and look for opportunities to bring Glory to God. June 27- Six Flags Over Georgia Church of Christ Day Sponsored by Faulkner University, the cost is only $38 and includes free parking, all-you-can-eat lunch, snack and entertainment, and even a bounce back pass! Get your money to me by June 22nd. June 29- Collective Devo After Sunday Night Services, meet at the Carnes. More details to follow. June 30- Monday Night Study At the Sparks house. Bring your Bible and get ready to study some of Jesus’ teachings. July 2- Eat Out @ Hibachi Express July 6-12- Junior Week @ Palmetto Bible Camp July 12-19- Senior Week @ Palmetto Bible Camp

Weekly Family Time
A Humble Home
Purpose: To read and discover the importance of living a humble life. Bible Verses Matthew 5:3; Matthew 18:1-6; Philippians 2:5-11 Family Discussion: Matthew 5:3 • Jesus begins the Sermon on the Mount by teaching His followers the importance of being humble. Why would Jesus start His sermon on the subject of humility? What does it mean to be humble? • Jesus describes the reward for those who live in a humble life. What will the humble person receive from God? Matthew 18:1-6 • What are the apostles arguing over in these verses? • Describe the attitudes of the apostles. Would you like to be around someone who is always concerned about self? • Jesus often uses illustrations and examples to teach His apostles. What example of humility does Jesus present before His apostles? • List some characteristics of children that everyone needs to imitate. Philippians 2:5-11 • Jesus provides the ultimate example of how we should live our lives. How did Jesus model humility for everyone? • What reward did Jesus receive from God for humbling Himself to death on a cross? • Besides Jesus, who is the most humble person you know? • Would your friends/family describe you as a humble person? Weekly Challenge: Praying for others is a way to practice humility. This week get together as a family and pray for those listed in our church bulletin.

Reading Guide
In a couple of weeks, we’ll start the schedule from the beginning again. If you’ve not started, it would be the perfect time to start! But then again, why wait a couple of weeks? Start the habit now! Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 351 Obadiah Rev. 8 Day 352 Jonah Rev. 9 Day 353 Micah 1-3 Rev. 10 Day 354 Micah 4,5 Rev. 11 Day 355 Micah 6,7 Rev. 12 Day 356 Nahum Rev. 13 Day 357 Habakkuk Rev. 14

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“Having a Servant Heart”
June 29, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 11

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Thank You!
This past week we spent three days working with Habitat for Humanity. We painted the insides of two houses. The work was not easy because of the heat and humidity. The houses didn’t have power and therefore there was no air conditioning. So we worked in conditions that became hotter than it was outside, until a soothing breeze would blow through doors and windows of the house. I would like to thank all those who came out to help: Chris, Louise, Matthew and Lance Ramsey, Kassi O’Neil, Sarah Grigg, TJ Crump, Travis Heller, Maurice (sorry I don’t remember your first name!), David and Janine Spiece, and Travis Lau. I could brag on each of these people for their hard work, patience, endurance, encouragement and how each of them were a blessing in just their presence. Diaz, the construction manager of the site, was very appreciative of our groups help. He said, “You guys were the best group I’ve ever had. You were hard workers and got a lot done!” Turning to another Habitat for Humanity administrator, he said, “If this group comes again, I want them to work with me.” That last comment showed the sincerity of his first comment. This is really a big compliment to you, your hard work and example. This was an opportunity to show an example of Christ to the community. There were some there, forced to be there to serve community service hours, whether for school or for a court sentence. Your willingness to volunteer, and even the way you conducted the work with joy, spoke volumes about who we are as Christians. “...If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” -1 Peter 4:11 Starting in September, Habitat for Humanity is asking several churches to help them build two more homes in just twelve days! These days will be on 6 consecutive weekends (Friday and Saturday). I hope you might consider doing this again. We could even volunteer our time before the summer ends. After washing the disciples feet, Jesus said in John 13:15-17, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
June 29- Collective Devo After Sunday Night Services, meet at the Carnes. More details to follow. June 30- Monday Night Study At the Sparks house. Bring your Bible and get ready to study some of Jesus’ teachings. July 2- Eat Out @ Chik-FilA on Bradley Parkway Meet at 5:30pm so we can have some time to fellowship with one another. If you arrive late than we don’t get as much time with you. July 7-Monday Night Study At the Sparks house. July 10- Fun Day Game day @ the Building at 1pm. Bring cards or your favorite board game. July 6-12- Junior Week @ Palmetto Bible Camp July 12-19- Senior Week @ Palmetto Bible Camp

Weekly Family Time
A Talented Family
Purpose: To read and discover the importance of using our abilities for God’s Kingdom. Bible Verses Matthew 25:14-30 Family Discussion: • How did Jesus teach His disciples the importance of using their abilities? What did the man in this story do before leaving on his journey? How many slaves did he entrust the talents to? • What did the first slave do with his five talents? What did the second slave do with his two talents? When their master returned these two were given rewards. What reward did they receive? Why were these two slaves rewarded? • What did the third slave do with his one talent? What punishment did he receive? Why was he punished? • List three important lessons we can learn from this parable. o We are all blessed with talents from God. o We are all blessed with different talents from God. o God expects everyone to fully use his or her talents • List some abilities that God has given you that you are currently using for God. • What are some abilities God has blessed you with that you are not using for God? How can we develop our talents for God? Weekly Challenge: On a sheet of paper write down three talents that God has given you. Next to each talent write down two ways that you can use that talent for God. Share your answers with your family. This week put your abilities to work for God!

Reading Guide
Next week we will start the year over again. If you’ve followed along, reflect back on what you’ve gained from your readings. Hope you will read through again and gain more understanding of God’s word. It’s okay to read this book over and over. You probably do that with other books. Why not the Bible? Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 358 Zephaniah Rev. 15 Day 359 Haggai Rev. 16 Day 360 Zechariah 1-3 Rev. 17 Day 361 Zech. 4-6 Rev. 18 Day 362 Zech. 7-9 Rev. 19 Day 363 Zech. 10-12 Rev. 20 Day 364 Zech. 13,14 Rev. 21

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“In Spirit and Truth”
July 6, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 12

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Worship
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’” -Heb. 12:28, 29 I was reading through Revelations and came across tons of verses about elders, and angels praising God over and over again. I began to think about my own worship and whether my worship reflected how thankful I was for the salvation I had recieved. Maybe we all need to spend some time reflecting on our worship and focusing more on it. But first we must realize that worship does not just happen on Sunday Morning, Evening and Wednesday Night. That’s something called bracketing, where the opening prayer is the “start of worship” and the closing prayer is the “end of worship”. Worship of God doesn’t end there though. It extends into our whole life, if we let it. Sometimes we try to compartmentalize God... where we go to him two times a week. But God seeks to live and dwell in us daily, and not just for 15 minutes in the morning but the whole day! “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.” -Rom. 12:1 The above verse says living sacrifices. Sometimes we have a hard time walking into Sunday morning class without looking like Zombies. Sometimes this is just from not getting enough sleep the night before. How are we expected to be prepared for worshipping God at this time if our brain isn’t even engaged. Get some sleep the night before, treat Saturday night as if it was a school night. Speaking of minds, sometimes our minds are thinking about so many things during worship that worship never really happens. We’re thinking about what we’ll have for lunch, how we’ll spend the afternoon, or how that person over there is singing way off key. Try to focus on the words of songs and think about what you’re singing to God. We may spend a long time getting ready, and thinking about what we’re going to wear to church. How much time do spend preparing your heart and mind for worship? I can sometimes be guilty of all this, too. That’s how I know what to write! But I think change is necessary. How reverent are we to God? Have we forgotten who we’re worshipping? If we can’t even bring our minds to worship God on a Sunday morning, how can we worship him throughout the week? -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
July 7-Monday Night Study At the Sparks house. Bring your Bibles. July 10- Fun Day @ 8am-12pmHelp at Brown Bag. Meet at the Building at 7:30am and we can carpool down there. @ 1pm-Game day @ the Building . Bring cards or your favorite board game. July 6-12- Junior Week @ Palmetto Bible Camp July 12-19- Senior Week @ Palmetto Bible Camp Meet at the Building @ 8:30am. Parents and kids going to camp, meet this Sunday after morning services.

Weekly Family Time
Friendship
Purpose: To read and discover how to be a devoted, committed friend. Bible Verses: Matthew 26:47-50; Matthew 26:69-75; John 15:12-15 Family Discussion: Matthew 26:47-50 • Who, besides Jesus, is your best friend? Why do you consider this person to be your best friend? • List some qualities we want our friends to have. • The twelve apostles were very close friends to Jesus. Sadly, many of Jesus’ closest friends turned their backs on Him. Who betrays Jesus in these verses? What does Judas get in exchange for betraying Christ (See Matthew 26:14-16) • What words did Jesus say to Judas as He was being betrayed? Why did Christ call Judas His friend? Hebrews 12:1-2 • The nightmare for Jesus didn’t end with Judas’ betrayal. What friend of Jesus denied Him in these verses? • What are some lessons we can learn from Judas and Peter about friendship? What can we learn from Jesus about being a friend? • List some things you need to do to be a better friend. John 15:12-15 • How do we prove we are a good friend? What is the ultimate test of a friendship? • The best friend we will ever have is Jesus Christ. He gave His life for us to prove His love and friendship for us. How can we prove our friendship to Jesus? • On a scale of 1-10, how good of a friend are you right now to other people and most importantly to Jesus? Weekly Challenge: Have each family member list one person whom they don’t know real well that they would like to get to know better and discuss ways to be a be a friend to Jesus by being a friend to others.

Reading Guide
Wow, if you managed to keep up with this daily reading schedule for the whole year... that is awesome. I hope that you’ll start over and read it again. If you are behind that’s okay, just keep reading! If you don’t feel you can read this much, try reading just a chapter a day. You’ll still learn a lot from it each day. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 365 Malachi Rev. 22 Day 001 Genesis 1,2 Matthew 1 Day 002 Genesis 3-5 Matthew 2 Day 003 Genesis 6-8 Matthew 3 Day 004 Genesis 9-11 Matthew 4 Day 005 Genesis 12-14 Matt. 5:1-26 Day 006 Genesis 15-17 Matt. 5:27-48

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“What do your actions say?”
July 27, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 13

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Image of Christ
In the Beggining when God had created Adam and Eve (read mankind), he created them in His own image. The same hold true today as the body of Christ is representing Christ to the world. Our life is supposed to be a witness to others. If someone were to watch your everyday actions throughout the week... what kind of person would they see? Would they see a Christian whose beliefs actually make a difference in the way you live your life? Or would they see that your faith really doesn’t make any difference in the way that you live. It’s especially hurtful, if we’re condemning the world of sin, and yet we are continuing in the very sins that we’ve condemned. I’m currently reading a book called “Unchristian”. It describes the opinions of 16-29 year olds who are outside of the church and what they really think about Christianity. In it 85% would describe Christians as being hypocritical. Only 15% would say that the lifestyles of Christians was different from the norm. That says a lot about how they percieve us. You might write this of as an unfair judgement, but the truth is, there’s a reason they believe this way.

Kyle is genuinely shocked! He must have run into Ben Thurston.

To get an idea of how “different” Christians are compared to the world. 26% of those who claim to be Christians admit to using profanity in public compared to 38% of Non-Christians. That’s not much of a difference. Do your friends know that you are a Christian? If not, could they tell that you were a Christian by the way you conduct your life at school, or work? Would they be surprised to find out that you actually were a Christian? Unfortunately, this perspective of Christians has had an effect on how effective we can be at reaching non-Christians. Why should they become a Christian if they see no difference in our lives? Make a difference. “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” -Phil. 1:27 -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥

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Upcoming Events
July 31- Fun Day Pool party at the Spiece’s. Modest swimsuits please. Aug 4- Monday Night Study Bring your Bibles to the Sparks house for discussion and study. We’ll be taking a look at Eschatology (study of the end times). Aug 5- Fun Day Aug 11- Back to School

Weekly Family Time
Taking a Stand
Purpose: To read and discover how we as a family can stand strong for Christ! Bible Verses: Matthew 27:55-56; Matthew 27:22-26 Family Discussion: After being betrayed by Judas, Jesus was arrested. What did Jesus’ disciples do after He was arrested? Why do you think the disciples ran away? If you were in the shoes of the disciples, what would you have done? Jesus eventually appeared before Pilate. Did Pilate find anything that Jesus had done wrong? What did Pilate want to do with Jesus? Pilate was in a position to release Jesus. Why didn’t he release Him? What did Pilate do instead of releasing Jesus? If you were in the shoes of Pilate, what would you have done with Christ? Everyday we have the same dilemma that the disciples and Pilate faced. We have opportunities to either stand up for Christ or run away from Christ. Are you standing up for Christ in your daily life? At school? At work? Is it always easy to stand up for Christ? List some times when it is a struggle to stand up for Christ. List some things this family can do to help you stand strong for Christ. Weekly Challenge: On a piece of paper, write down a situation you have been in when you took a stand for Christ. Have each family member share their answers with the family.

Reading Guide
Wow, if you managed to keep up with this daily reading schedule for the whole year... that is awesome. I hope that you’ll start over and read it again. If you are behind that’s okay, just keep reading! If you don’t feel you can read this much, try reading just a chapter a day. You’ll still learn a lot from it each day. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 007 Genesis 18,19 Matthew 6 Day 008 Genesis 20-22 Matthew 7 Day 009 Genesis 23,24 Matthew 8 Day 010 Genesis 25,26 Matt. 9:1-17 Day 011 Genesis 27,28 Matt. 9:18-38 Day 012 Genesis 29,30 Matt. 10:1-23 Day 013 Genesis 31,32 Matt. 10:24-42

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“Have you forgotten where Home is?”
Aug 3, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 14

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Home
I was thinking about the song that goes... “This world is not my home, I’m just passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore. “ Peter says... “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.” - 1Pet. 2:11 Paul says “Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.” -2Cor. 5:6-9 Sometimes I think we forget where our home truly is and we get caught up with many of the temporary things of this world. There’s lots of great things in the world (and bad things), but they all could be considered bad if they take our attention away from seeking first the kingdom of God. This afternoon or whenever you can make time to think, take the time to analyze your thoughts. Ask yourself these questions... • Is there anything in this world that I just can’t live without? • Is there something other than God that constantly occupies my mind? • What does it take for me to be happy? I hope that you will pray to God to reveal what those answers truly are, and not just the answers you think describe you. It’s amazing how we can decieve ourselves into thinking we don’t have a problem, but many of us have forgotten where our true home lies at times. Pray that God will show you have to live a life determined on living for the Kingdom. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥

Imagine... Kristin has to wake up to that every morning. “Good Morning!”... Scary. My apologies to Tyler Bone and Kyle Currington for mixing up their names in last weeks newsletter.

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Upcoming Events
Aug 4- Monday Night Study Bring your Bibles to the Sparks house for discussion and study. We’ll be taking a look at Eschatology (study of the end times). Aug 5- Fun Day Aug 11- Back to School Aug 16- 5th-8th grade devo- hosted by the Davidsons.

Weekly Family Time
Profiting From Trials
OBJECTIVE: To understand how to profit from trials and temptations. Feasting on the Word: James 1:2-18; Phil. 4:11-13; 1 Timothy 6:8-11; & 6:17-19; Romans 8:28; 2 Corinthians 4:17 Family Discussion: What does James say our attitude should be when we fall into various trials and temptations? Is this the way we naturally want to react? What is being tested when we go through trials? What does this testing produce? How does God promise to provide for us when patience has been perfected? (James 1:3-4) What are we to ask for in faith? How would doubting show we did not have faith? What does James 1:6 say we are like if we doubt God’s promises? What will we receive when we doubt? How does that compare to the one who endures temptation? (James 1:12) What is endurance and how does patience help one to endure? “The pursuits of man” can cause us to be tempted to focus on ourselves rather than God. See 1 Tim. 6:8-11, 1 Tim. 6:17-19, & Phil. 4:11-13, then discuss James 1:9-10. What verses indicate that our temptations are only temporary? Jesus told His disciples to expect tribulations in John 14:27 and John 16:33. Why did He say Christians should still have peace? Read about the peace that passes understanding mentioned in Phil. 4:4-8. Does God tempt anyone to do evil? How would this be inconsistent with the character of God? (James 1:16-18) Explain how a temptation finally becomes sin and what the result of sin is. Who is responsible for allowing it to grow into something that is condemned by God? (James 1:13-15) Challenge: When trials come, remember to count it as joy. God can use them for our good. (Rom. 8:28 & 2 Cor. 4:17) By trusting in Jesus, we can have peace!

Reading Guide
Wow, if you managed to keep up with this daily reading schedule for the whole year... that is awesome. I hope that you’ll start over and read it again. If you are behind that’s okay, just keep reading! If you don’t feel you can read this much, try reading just a chapter a day. You’ll still learn a lot from it each day. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 014 Genesis 33-35 Matthew 11 Day 015 Genesis 36,37 Matt. 12:1-21 Day 016 Genesis 38-40 Matt. 12:22-50 Day 017 Genesis 41 Matt.13:1-32 Day 018 Genesis 42,43 Matt. 13:33-58 Day 019 Genesis 44,45 Matt. 14:1-21 Day 020 Genesis 46-48 Matt. 14:22-36

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“Another Year, Another Grade.”
Aug 10, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 15

Been thinking a lot about how to organize the website. If you have any input, please email me, sparquay@gmail.com.

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School
Seems like the recent conversations I’ve been having with people has been about School and the classes they are taking and since school officially starts for Muscogee Co. (sorry, for not knowing what days they start in Harris Co. and Alabama) tomorrow... I thought I would theme my article with the occasion. I don’t know about you guys, but when I was going to school... I regreted leaving the Summer Break behind and longed for the next break to come quickly. Maybe I didn’t have the correct attitude about the whole thing. I didn’t look at it from the perspective that maybe God would have liked me to have. School is an opportunity to learn stuff. That stuff might even be a testimony to the stuff of God. (Insert Truth for the word stuff ). I remember taking physics and having a athiestic teacher (he still is), but learning all these really cool equations that allowed you to actually predict the path, velocity, forces, etc... of obects. And in each of these equations was a constant. You had to have that constant to figure out the force of gravity between two masses, or to find at what rate a cat accelerated from a certain height, how long it took to hit the ground and at what speed it hit the ground (my physics teacher like to use “Fluffy the Cat” in all his test questions and examples. It definitely kept things interesting.) To me that constant was a truth put in place by God. Inspite of my athiestic teacher, I found an evidence of God in that class. If that constant wasn’t there... what would the world look like? Would anything exist even if there wasn’t gravitational pull, magnetic forces, and the mysterious “Strong Force” that holds an Atom’s Nucleus together, the basic building block of all matter? Paul was also known to use examples from things he didn’t learn from a Synagogue or a Rabbi. He used greek texts to preach the gospel to the Cretes, Mars Hill, Lystra, Athens, etc. When he preach to the Gentiles he was using truths found in the very texts of their own literature (Acts 17:28, for one example)! What truths can we learn in school, even from athiestic teachers, that testify to the truth of the living God. Remember John said “In the beginning was the WORD.” In greek that was Logos, also where we get the word Logic. If “through him all things were made” doesn’t that mean that every truth in this world is a testimony of God pointing to himself. God is everywhere, not just in the church building or at a youth function. He’s even at your school. Share that with your friends! -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
Aug 11- Back to School My condolences goes out to those who are going back to school. I hope you have a good year, and enjoy reuniting with classmates you haven’t seen all summer long! Aug 16- 5th-8th grade devo- hosted by the Davidsons. Aug 23- High School Devo Hosted by the Ramseys.

Weekly Family Time
Doing Is More Than Hearing
OBJECTIVE: To read and discuss what it means to be doers of the Word, not hearers only. Feasting on the Word: James 1: 21-27 Family Discussion: • What does verse 21 say that the Word of God can do for you? As we receive and accept the Word, what are we commanded to rid ourselves of? Explain what that means. • In verse 22, we are challenged to not only hear the Word, but what else? Explain the warning in that verse, about “deceiving yourselves.” • What “word picture” does James use to explain being doers of the Word, not hearers only? (vs. 23-24) • Verse 25 gets to the point of this lesson. Read and discuss its meaning. How can you apply that to your own life? • Verse 26 shows us one way to apply the command to be a doer of the Word. What is it? Why do you think that NOT doing this can make your religion worthless, as the verse says? • Verse 27 shows us two more ways to apply the command to be a doer of the Word. What are they? Think of the people who came into contact with Jesus while he lived on earth. Some of them were hearers only. Who were the doers? What was the end result of each of the two types? So, what can we conclude from that? Challenge: What can your family do this week to fulfill the commandment to look after orphans and widows in their distress? Visit a widow? Take her a meal or cookies or flowers? Donate items to an orphan’s home? Write to an orphan’s home to “adopt” a pen pal? What else can you think of? Remember: Be doers!

Reading Guide
Wow, if you managed to keep up with this daily reading schedule for the whole year... that is awesome. I hope that you’ll start over and read it again. If you are behind that’s okay, just keep reading! If you don’t feel you can read this much, try reading just a chapter a day. You’ll still learn a lot from it each day. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 021 Numbers 5,6 Mark 4:1-20 Day 022 Numbers 7 Mark 4:21-41 Day 023 Num. 8-10 Mark 5:1-20 Day 024 Num. 11-13 Mark 5:21-43 Day 025 Num. 14,15 Mark 6:1-32 Day 026 Num. 16,17 Mark 6:33-56 Day 027 Num. 18-20 Mark 7:1-13

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“Bear with me for a moment...” -God
Aug 24, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 16

Progress has been made on the new website. The going is slow though. I’m having to relearn things I’ve forgotten and learn some new things. If you’d like to see the site progress, go ahead and visit rosehillchurch.com/youth/ index2.html. If you would like to learn about website building, I would encourage you to visit http://w3schools.com/. It’s a good way to start learning about webpage design. Featured Picture

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Testing
School has started and inevitably, you’ll have to take several tests. What do you think the purpose of those test are? Some of it is to see how well the teacher presented the material in a understandable way. But mostly it’s a measurement of how much knowledge you have retained from the class. It also provides a goal to attain to, that is... you want to make a passing or a surpassing grade, so you make the effort to study and pay attention during class. God also tests us. I’ve been reading through Job recently and if you hadn’t read the first 2 chapters of Job, you would’ve have thought much the same way his friends did... that he had commited an awful sin worthy of his peril and God was punishing him. But Job is persistent that he hasn’t commited any wrong and grieves that his friends only came to ridicule him. In the end God shows up, as a request from Job. And Job got more than he bargained for! God allows certain things to happen. They may hurt, and seem like horrible things to us... but God intends to make us grow. Just like those school tests make you want to learn the material. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” -James 1:2-4 Okay, so... we’re supposed to be joyful? Joyful when we go through something like Job did? When life doesn’t go our way? Okay, so joyful definitely doesn’t mean happy though. Happiness is dependent on situations, but joy? That’s a totally different element. It’s the ability to look beyond the present situation and know that at the end of this trial you will be a stronger, more mature Christian than when the ordeal started. Joy is also dependent on hope.

This is Ryan... with a crooked neck. I think he needs to see a doctor about that.

So when God test us -that is allow tough things to happen to us- he actually does it so that we can become better Christians. He does it for our best interest. Remember this next time things get difficult in life. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
Sept 3- Eat Out @ Burger King on Veterans Pkwy Meet at 5:30pm before Wednesday Night Classes. Sept 5- Girls/Guy’s Night Out. The girls will be at the Sparks’ The guys will be at the Ramsey’s Sept 17- Eat Out @ ChikFil-A on Bradley Pkwy. Meet at 5:30pm before Wednesday Night Classes. Sept 20- Family Fun Day Come to the 3rd annual Family Fun Day! Oct 24-26- Fall Retreat High School retreat at Children’s Harbour. More info coming.

Weekly Family Time
The Pitfalls of Personal Favoritism
Week # 3
OBJECTIVE: To read and discuss what God says about showing favoritism Feasting on the Word: James 2:1-13 Family Discussion: Verse 1 says, “Don’t show favoritism.” Some versions call it “partiality.” Discuss what that word means. Verses 2-4 give us an example of how someone might show favoritism. Give some modern day examples of how people show favoritism to the rich, and not to the poor. What does verse 4 say that people are who show favoritism? How does verse 5 say that a poor person can be rich? Verse 6 says that showing favoritism dishonors (insults) the poor. Put yourself in the place of the poor person in the story of verses 2-4. How would you feel? In the rest of verse 6 and also verse 7, what does James point out to his readers? Does this mean that ALL rich people are bad? What royal law does James quote in verse 8? What are you doing if you do NOT love your neighbor as yourself? (vs. 9) Verses 10 and 11 explain that breaking only one law is the same as breaking the whole law. Read what the Old Law commanded in Leviticus 19:15! The New Law (of Jesus Christ) was demonstrated when Peter was sent to baptize Cornelius, a Gentile. Read Acts 10:34. Therefore, the Old Law and the New Law both teach that showing favoritism is wrong! Read the last sentence of James 2:13 to discover the best way to treat people. Challenge: How can this lesson also apply to racism, handicapped people, overweight people, etc.? Discuss some specific things that your family can do about it?

Reading Guide
Opps, I kind of messed up the days and the scripture... I’ll try to correct it this time. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Day 028 Exodus 16-18 Matt. 19:16-30 Day 029 Exodus 19-21 Matt. 20:1-16 Day 030 Exodus 22-24 Matt. 20:17-34 Day 031 Exodus 25,26 Matt. 21:1-22 Day 032 Exodus 27,28 Matt. 21:23-46 Day 033 Exodus 29,30 Matt. 22:1-22

Sunday
Day 034 Exod. 31-33 Matt. 22:23-46

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“Christ’s Ambassadors”
Aug 31, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 17

Progress has been made on the new website. The going is slow though. I’m having to relearn things I’ve forgotten and learn some new things. If you’d like to see the site progress, go ahead and visit rosehillchurch.com/youth/ index2.html. If you would like to learn about website building, I would encourage you to visit http://w3schools.com/. It’s a good way to start learning about webpage design.

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Our Duty
“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. view Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has gone come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has Christ committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had God no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness us of God. God As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.” -2 Cor. 5:16-6:1 .” Reconcilingverb -to win over to friendliness; cause to become amicable: to reconcile hostile persons Ambassadornoun -a diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative I know that I took up a lot of room for the verse and definitions, but I thought about this verse and there’s a lot to it! Paul writes it better than I could ever explain it. I included the definitions of a few keywords (and really there’s more keywords in there, but I choose two.) and made some phrases bold. So, I would encourage you to really read the above passage, and focus on each phrase and meditate on it’s meaning (not the kind of meditating that is done in eastern religions where you clear your mind of everything; but the kind where you focus your mind on something profound Phil. 4:89). Take it in with small bites. This is steak, and you don’t swallow steak whole! You enjoy every little bite and chew it slowly. I encourage you to do the same with this passage this week. Really dig into it. The more I read the Bible, the more I discover a deeper understanding of verses. This comes more from my own personal study than anything I’ve learned in a class, conference, or sermon. I encourage you to do the same. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
Sept 12- Girls/Guys Night Out Girls @ Sparks’ House Bring your favorite snack. Guys @ The Ramsey’s Bring your own meat. Sept 17- Eat Out @ ChikFil-A Sept 26-28 Consume ’08 Hosted by the Thomaston Rd Church of Christ in Macon, Ga. Cost is $25. Food appears to be included. I need to know who wants to go (including adults) by Sunday, the 14th of Sept. Also, I’m looking for a few adults who wouldn’t mind driving, chaperoning and taking care of things while I’m away that weekend. This Youth Rally is catered for 7th-12th grade. Oct 10-13 Faulkner Trip Columbus Day Weekend Come watch a football game, and check out the university. Even if you’re not wanting to go to Faulkner, you can always come and hangout for a fun weekend. More details forthcoming. Oct 24-26- Fall Retreat @Children’s Harbour. For High School age. More info coming.

Weekly Family Time
The Untamable Tongue
Week #5 OBJECTIVE: To read and discuss the idea of taming the tongue Feasting on the Word: James 3:1-12 Family Discussion: James begins the discussion of taming the tongue with a warning in verse 1. What is the warning? Discuss what it means, in verse 2, that we all “stumble in many things.” How can we “stumble” in what we say? James often uses word pictures to illustrate his point. What word picture does he use, in verse 3, to describe the power of the tongue? What word picture does he use in verse 4? Verse 5 teaches that even though the tongue is a little part of the body, it boasts great things. Then what word picture is used? How can the tongue corrupt the whole body? Discuss verse 6. Verses 7 and 8 explain that animals can be tamed. What cannot be tamed? It is “full of” what? From verses 9 and 10, explain why it is wrong to use your tongue to bless God and curse men. (Read also 1 John 4:20-21.) In verses 11 and 12, James uses three more word pictures to illustrate this point. What are they? Discuss some ways that your tongue can hurt others. How can it cause you to sin? What should you do when you have said something you shouldn’t have said? Name some strategies you can use to keep your tongue from evil. Challenge: This week, use your tongue for good. Make a list of good things to say. Show appreciation to others. Say “please” and “thank you.” Encourage someone who is lonely or sick. Sing praises to God. Pray. What else can you add to the list? Post the list on the refrigerator as a reminder.

Reading Guide
Opps, I kind of messed up the days and the scripture... I’ll try to correct it this time. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Day 042 Exod. 34-36 Matt. 23:1-22 Day 043 Exodus 37,38 Matt. 23:23-39 Day 044 Exodus 39,40 Matt. 24:1-22 Day 045 Leviticus 1-3 Matt. 24:23-51 Day 046 Lev. 4-6 Matt. 25:1-30 Day 046 Lev. 7-9 Matt. 25:31-46

Sunday
Day 047 Lev. 10-12 Matt. 26:1-19

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“The Beginning and The End”
Sept 14, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 19

Progress has been made on the new website. The going is slow though. I’m having to relearn things I’ve forgotten and learn some new things. If you’d like to see the site progress, go ahead and visit rosehillchurch.com/youth/ index2.html. If you would like to learn about website building, I would encourage you to visit http://w3schools.com/. It’s a good way to start learning about webpage design.

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LHC Tested
Not sure many of you pay attention to such geeky news as I do, but the end of the world was supposed to happen on Wednesday at about 2:30pm. Actually it was only a test run for an upcoming experiment that will happen in a month that some believe will cause a black hole. Why would scientists spend 13 years, $6 billion and tunnel 300 feet underground for a 17 mile long circular track? To see how the beginning of the world happened! It’s funny the lengths mankind will go to find what truths they can acquire. It’s always been something to consume our minds. Unfortunately, those scientists are not content with the Genesis 1 account in the Bible. I imagine there are some Christians working on the project that would agree and say, “Yes, I know he did it, but I want to know HOW he did it!” I guess speaking things into existence is a bit hard to comprehend, but then again... he is God. I’m not sure we’ll ever know exactly how the creation of the universe happened, or how it looked as he created it (unless it just popped into existence as he spoke it). I just have the faith that He caused it, and is continuing to cause it (there’s still quite a few undiscovered forces that are still unexplained... I like to attribute them to God). Just as we will never know how the world came to be (at least, not until we get into heaven), we also can’t predict when the world will end. There’s the belief from some people that once this largest machine in the world fires up and collides a few protons together, it will cause a microblackhole that will eventually eat up the earth and everything around it. No body really knows what will happen once they fire it up though. Nothing might happen. There’s also the belief that the world will end December 21, 2012 as is according to some Mayan calendar, and astrological beliefs. I’m not sure how they figured that one out, but I’m sure like many of the previous predicted dates about the end of the world... they will come and go. It won’t be until God has deemed it time to end. Only God knows when the world will end. It is something that God keeps to himself. “Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.” -Rev. 3:3 So make the most of every opportunity and seek after the kingdom first. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
Sept 17- Eat Out @ ChikFil-A Sept 26-28 Consume ’08 This Youth Rally is catered for 7th-12th grade. Hosted by the Thomaston Rd Church of Christ in Macon, Ga. Cost is $25. Food is included. I need to know who wants to go TODAY. Also, I’m looking for a few adults who wouldn’t mind driving, chaperoning and taking care of things while I’m away that weekend. We’ll have a meeting after services this evening to discuss this event further. Oct 11-13 Faulkner Trip Columbus Day Weekend Come watch a football game, and check out the university. Even if you’re not wanting to go to Faulkner, you can always come and hangout for a fun weekend. We’ll leave at Noon on Saturday and come back Monday Afternoon. I need to know who’s coming by Oct 1st. Oct 24-26- Fall Retreat @Children’s Harbour. For High School age. Cost is $40. Pick up, fill out, and return a registration form soon! Due by Oct 8th.

Weekly Family Time
Heavenly Wisdom
Week # 6 OBJECTIVE: To be able to discern between heavenly wisdom and earthly, demonic wisdom. Feasting on the Word: James 3:13-18; James 1:5; Proverbs 4:5 & 7; 1 Corinthians 1:25; & 3:18-20; Titus 3:1-5 Family Discussion: How does James link the concepts of understanding, good conduct, and meekness of wisdom? What do each of these terms mean? (James 3:13) What conduct do verses 14-15 say are a result of earthly, sensual, or demonic wisdom? Do you see examples of this type of behavior being accepted in school, on TV, or in society in general? Does this make it acceptable to God? How serious do you think the sins of envy, a self-seeking heart, boasting, and lying against the truth are? After reading verse 16, give some examples of what “every evil thing” might include. By contrast, how is the wisdom of God characterized in verses 17-18? Use a dictionary or Bible concordance to look up each of these traits. Look up Proverbs 9:10, Proverbs 4:5 & 7, and James 1:5. What is the beginning of wisdom? Does God want to help us be wise? How do we gain Godly wisdom? In Titus 3:1-6, Paul compares man’s life before and after receiving Christ. Is there a difference in knowing what the wisdom of God is and practicing it? 1 Corinthians 1:25 compares God’s ways and man’s ways. Read 1Corinthians 3:18-20. How does God feel about the wisdom of this world? Challenge: Make a poster listing some of the scriptures in this lesson to help you and your family remember to put God’s wisdom to work in your lives. Pray with meekness for one another and ask God to help you make understanding, good conduct, and meekness of wisdom a priority in your family.

Reading Guide
Take the time to read and pray. Allow God to reveal Himself to you through His word. It will bless your life! Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 049 Lev. 26,27 Mark 2 Day 050 Numbers 1,2 Mark 3:1-21 Day 051 Numbers 3,4 Mark 3:22-35 Day 052 Numbers 5,6 Mark 4:1-20 Day 053 Numbers 7 Mark 4:21-41 Day 054 Num. 8-10 Mark 5:1-20 Day 055 Num. 11-13 Mark 5:21-43

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“The Answer’s In the Wind”
Sept 21, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 20

Hurray! The website is pretty much complete. There’s still a few features that could be added later on, but I believe some of the essentials are there. Check it out at rosehillchurch.com/youth If you think there’s something missing that should be there, let me know and I’ll try to get it in there. I’ve already tranferred 500+ pictures from the old website (just some pics from 2007-2008). The picture gallery is pretty smooth looking, and the events is a good resource to see what’s coming up next. If you have an thought that you would like to share, please email it to me, and I’ll post it online. I may ask you if I can post something on the website if I see something you’ve written in Facebook or somewhere else.

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Hurricanes
This has been another year of multiple hurricanes buffeting the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. A category 3 hurricane has 111-130mph winds and can throw ocean surges of 9-12 feet high! The reach of the storm can span for hundreds of miles (as we had only just discovered with Faye). It really testifies to the power God has, and yet this is a drop in the bucket compared to the almighty power God actually has. The famous storm on Jupiter has been ongoing for ~400 years, spans 15,400 miles, and the wind speeds have been known to get up to 240 mph! You could also consider the whole of our galaxy as a space version of the hurricane. He’s created the whole universe! What a mighty God we serve! This isn’t to start a conversation of why God allows this destruction to happen, but to illustrate the awesome power of our God. I recently read Job and God tells Job who he was demanding an answer from for all of his losses... “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail, which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle? What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth? Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, to water a land where no man lives, a desert with no one in it, to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass? Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew? From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen? “Can you bind the beautiful Pleiades? Can you loose the cords of Orion? Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs? Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up [God’s] dominion over the earth? “Can you raise your voice to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water? Do you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’? Who endowed the heart with wisdom or gave understanding to the mind? Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?” -Job 38:22-38 Next time you see a storm, look up at the stars, peek into a microscope, or are amazed by any display of wonder the earth has to offer... think about the power that made all of that, and worship HIM. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
Sept 26-28 Consume ’08 This Youth Rally is catered for 7th-12th grade. Hosted by the Thomaston Rd Church of Christ in Macon, Ga. Cost is $25. Food is included. If you didn’t make it to the meeting last week and you still want to go, let Cindy know. Pay your $25 at the registration table when you get there. Any questions you can email to the youth minister at TRCOC... letson84@yahoo.com Oct 1- Eat Out @ CiCi’s Pizza Oct 11-13 Faulkner Trip Columbus Day Weekend Come watch a football game, and check out the university. Even if you’re not wanting to go to Faulkner, you can always come and hangout for a fun weekend. We’ll leave at Noon on Saturday and come back Monday Afternoon. I need to know who’s coming by Oct 1st. Oct 24-26- Fall Retreat @Children’s Harbour. For High School age. Cost is $40. Pick up, fill out, and return a registration form soon! Due by Oct 8th.

Weekly Family Time
Whose Team Are You On?
Week #7 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the dangers of chasing a selfish, worldly life. Feasting on the Word: James 4:1-6, I John 2:15-17 Family Discussion: Where do wars and fights come from? (James 4:1) Who does a selfish person want to take care of first? In James 4:3, why did they not have what they wanted? Who should we want a friendship with? (James 4:4) When one chooses a friendship with the world, what does it do to their friendship with God? (James 4:4) What do you feel when you think about being an enemy of God? What does God tell us we need to resist in James 4:6? Read Proverbs 11:2, 13:10, 16:18, 29:23. What dangers are there found in being prideful? How do you feel about people who are “full of them selves?” Who does God give grace to? (James 4:6) Who should we be “full of?” (Galatians 2:20) Challenge: As we look at our family, do we find ourselves fighting and arguing? If so, what would be some ways that would lessen the fights and arguing? What kind of family would you have if each person worked to make the other person’s life better? How can we destroy selfishness and pride? (Luke 9:23, Romans 12:1-2) What are you willing to give up so that your family will have more peace?

Reading Guide
Take the time to read and pray. Allow God to reveal Himself to you through His word. It will bless your life! Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 056 Num. 14,15 Mark 6:1-32 Day 057 Num. 16,17 Mark 6:33-56 Day 058 Num. 18-20 Mark 7:1-13 Day 059 Num. 21,22 Mark 7:14-37 Day 060 Num. 23-25 Mark 8:1-21 Day 061 Num. 26,27 Mark 8:22-38 Day 062 Num. 28,29 Mark 9:1-29

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“Ayup me duck?”

Vol. 2 No. 21

Hurray! The website is pretty much complete. There’s still a few features that could be added later on, but I believe some of the essentials are there. Check it out at rosehillchurch.com/youth If you think there’s something missing that should be there, let me know and I’ll try to get it in there. I’ve already tranferred 500+ pictures from the old website (just some pics from 2007-2008). The picture gallery is pretty smooth looking, and the events is a good resource to see what’s coming up next. If you have a thought that you would like to share, please email it to me, and I’ll post it online. I may ask you if I can post something on the website if I see something you’ve written in Facebook or somewhere else.

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Some Pics From England

Sept 28, 2008

“Is it bath time already?”

“Look what I’ve found to drive!”

Jen found a secret passage!

Jen’s Family: Susan, Ashley, Jon, and Patti

“How can I get this home?”

“What is their fascination with sticking me in things?” (a privy)

“Here’s a bit of fudge! Don’t hurt me!”

They call this a police car?

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Upcoming Events
Oct 1- Eat Out @ CiCi’s Pizza Oct 11-13 Faulkner Trip Columbus Day Weekend Come watch a football game, and check out the university. Even if you’re not wanting to go to Faulkner, you can always come and hangout for a fun weekend. We’ll leave at Noon on Saturday and come back Monday Afternoon. I need to know who’s coming by Oct 1st. Oct 24-26- Fall Retreat @Children’s Harbour. For High School age. Cost is $40. Pick up, fill out, and return a registration form soon! Due by Oct 8th.

Weekly Family Time
Humility Cures Worldiness
Week # 8 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the cure for worldly problems. Feasting on the Word: James 4:7-10 Family Discussion: Last week we looked at chasing selfish, worldly living. This week we will look at how to cure the problems that come with worldly living. What does God tell us we need to do to cure worldly living? (vs. 7-8) What does it mean to submit to God? (I John 2:17, Matthew 26:39,42) Who does James tell us to resist? (vs. 7) What will happen if we resist the devil and submit to God? (vs. 7) What does James tell us we need to purify? (vs. 8) Why is it important to keep our hearts clean? (Proverbs 4:23, Matthew 15:16-20) What should we do in the sight of the Lord? (vs. 10) What does it mean to “humble ourselves”? What will God do if we “humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord”? (vs. 10) Can you truly say you have submitted your life to God’s will so that He can lift you up and provide you strength? (Philippians 4:13, Romans 8:31) Challenge: (You may want to sing the song, “Humble Yourselves.”) Should we submit our will to God? Make a list of ways in which we submit our will to God’s. Make a list of others that we need to submit our will to. Pray about having a spirit of humility.

Reading Guide
Take the time to read and pray. Allow God to reveal Himself to you through His word. It will bless your life! Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 062 Num. 30,31 Mark 9:30-50 Day 063 Num. 32,33 Mark 10:1-31 Day 064 Num. 34-36 Mark 10:32-52 Day 065 Deut. 1,2 Mark 11:1-19 Day 066 Deut. 3,4 Mark 11:20-33 Day 067 Deut. 5-7 Mark 12:1-27 Day 068 Deut. 8-10 Mark 12:28-44

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“Always give thanks.” -1 Thes 5:18

Vol. 2 No. 22

The website is complete. There’s still a few features that could be added later on at your request, but I believe some of the essentials are there. Check it out at rosehillchurch.com/youth If you think there’s something missing that should be there, let me know and I’ll try to get it in there. The picture gallery is pretty smooth looking, and the events is a good resource to see what’s coming up next. If you have a thought or a picture that you would like to share, please email it to me, and I’ll post it online. I may ask you if I can post something on the website if I see something you’ve written in Facebook or somewhere else. Also, I need pictures from Family Fun Day and the Consume Youth Rally to put up on the website. If you have pictures hand me a disk or email me them at sparquay@gmail.com

On The Website

His Luv Nders 4eva
Psalm 136

Oct 5, 2008

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever. to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever. who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever. who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever. who made the great lights — His love endures forever. the sun to govern the day, His love endures forever. the moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever. to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, His love endures forever. and brought Israel out from among them, His love endures forever. with a mighty hand and outstretched arm; His love endures forever. to him who divided the Red Sea asunder, His love endures forever. and brought Israel through the midst of it, His love endures forever. but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea; His love endures forever. to him who led his people through the desert, His love endures forever. who struck down great kings, His love endures forever. and killed mighty kings — His love endures forever. Sihon king of the Amorites, His love endures forever. and Og king of Bashan — His love endures forever. and gave their land as an inheritance, His love endures forever. an inheritance to his servant Israel; His love endures forever. to the One who remembered us in our low estate, His love endures forever. and freed us from our enemies, His love endures forever. and who gives food to every creature. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.

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Upcoming Events
Tonight! Meet tonight to discuss the upcoming events. Especially Faulkner Trip and Fall Retreat. Oct 11-13 Faulkner Trip Columbus Day Weekend Come watch a football game, and check out the university. Even if you’re not wanting to go to Faulkner, you can always come and hangout for a fun weekend. We’ll leave at Noon on Saturday and come back Monday Afternoon. I need to know who’s coming by Oct 1st. Oct 15- Eat Out @ Firehouse Subs Oct 18- Devo @ Keith’s Come in the afternoon and hang out. Girls bring desserts Guys bring drinks. Oct 24-26- Fall Retreat @Children’s Harbour. For High School age. Cost is $40. Pick up, fill out, and return a registration form soon! Due by Oct 8th. Oct 30- Trunk or Treat

Weekly Family Time
Careful Judgement
Week # 9 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the dangers of judging others. Feasting on the Word: James 4:11-12 Matthew 7:1-6 Family Discussion: How are we to speak of each other? (James 4:11) If we talk evil against a brother, what are we also talking evil about? (James 4:11) Who is the one Lawgiver? (James 4:12) What power does the Lawgiver have? (James 4:12) Looking at Matthew 7:1-2, what are the dangers of judging others? What warning does Matthew give in chapter 7:3-4? What should we first do with ourselves before we go and try to help others remove sin from their lives? (Matthew 7:4-5) What should we do when we find someone in sin? (Galatians 6:1-2) How should we help the person in sin? (Galatians 6:1-2) So, what must we be careful of when having to make a judgment? • Remember that how we judge is how we will be judged. (Matthew 7:2) • Remember that we must first deal with our sin. (Matthew 7:3-5) • Remember we must help people in sin with gentleness. (Galatians 6:1) • Remember that God is the only true judge with the power to save and destroy. (James 4:12) Challenge: Have you ever been judged unfairly? How did that make you feel? What are some things that we can do to help insure that we will not judge people unfairly? Pray about having a humble heart so that we will not find ourselves looking down at others.

Reading Guide
Take the time to read and pray. Allow God to reveal Himself to you through His word. It will bless your life! Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 069 Deut. 11-13 Mark 13:1-13 Day 070 Deut. 14-16 Mark 13:14-37 Day 071 Deut. 17-19 Mark 14:1-25 Day 072 Deut. 20-22 Mark 14:26-50 Day 073 Deut. 23-25 Mark 14:51-72 Day 074 Deut. 26,27 Mark.15:1-26 Day 075 Deut. 28 Mark 15:27-47

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“What do you want?”

Vol. 2 No. 23

The website is complete. There’s still a few features that could be added later on at your request, but I believe some of the essentials are there. Check it out at rosehillchurch.com/youth If you think there’s something missing that should be there, let me know and I’ll try to get it in there. The picture gallery is pretty smooth looking, and the events is a good resource to see what’s coming up next. If you have a thought or a picture that you would like to share, please email it to me, and I’ll post it online. I may ask you if I can post something on the website if I see something you’ve written in Facebook or somewhere else. Also, I need pictures from Family Fun Day and the Consume Youth Rally to put up on the website. If you have pictures hand me a disk or email me them at sparquay@gmail.com

On The Website

Priorities

Oct 12, 2008

Tony Keith is a financial advisor, as well as an elder here. He says that he can tell what’s important to a person just by looking at what they spend their money on. You may not have much money, but something you do have to your advantage... is time. I’m pretty sure you can tell what’s important to a person when you look at what they spend their time doing (outside of work or school) as well. I have something that I would like for you to do. When you’re home, get a sheet of paper and a pen. On that sheet of paper I would like for you to write out your priorities (as in things you consider important to your life). God, family, sports, school, etc. Have you written out your priorities yet? (If you have, good. if you haven’t, go do that right now before doing this next thing, ok?). Get another sheet of paper out (or turn the former one over) and write out all the things you do in the week and put how much time you spend doing each activity. Be honest with yourself when it comes to time on the TV, the Computer, phone, etc. Go ahead and ignore school and sleep (unless you spend an unusual amount of time in either of these- i.e. you sleep more than 8-10 hours a night... then you might need to consider these elements as well). Look at all the things you do during the week. How much time did you spend with each activity? Did it surprise you that you might be spending a lot of time doing something aimless? Do you think this is an accurate description of what you feel is important? If it isn’t lining up with your desired priorities, then it’s time to rework the schedule somehow. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” -Matt 6:33 In the above verse “these things” refers to the necessities of life. “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” -Psalm 37:4 Make it a point to set your priorities straight now. Do you purposefully make time to spend with God in prayer, study, or private worship? Do other things take prescidence over coming to church? Think about how you should give some of your time back to the one who gave it to you in the first place and be thankful for it all. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥

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Upcoming Events
Oct 15- Eat Out @ Firehouse Subs Oct 18- Devo @ Keith’s Come in the afternoon and hang out. Girls bring desserts Guys bring drinks. Oct 24-26- Fall Retreat @Children’s Harbour. For High School age. Cost is $40. Pick up, fill out, and return a registration form soon! Due by Oct 8th. Oct 29- Eat Out @ The Mall Oct 30- Trunk or Treat

Weekly Family Time
Don’t Bank on Tomorrow
Week # 10 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the dangers of leaving God out of your plans. Feasting on the Word: James 4:13-17 Family Discussion: What is the person doing in verse 13? (Making plans for his/her future) Is it wrong to make plans for your future? (No) Why should we be careful in making plans for our future? (We do not know what tomorrow holds.) What does James compare life to in verse 14? How long does steam from a tea or coffee pot last? Are we promised tomorrow? Who should be in our plans as we look to tomorrow? (vs. 15) If we know to do good today and do not do it, what does James call that? (vs. 17) Challenge: As we review today, did you find yourself thinking about God and keeping Him in the things you planned? Did you consider His will as you made choices and plans for your future? Make a list some ways that will help you keep God in the planning of your time. Make a list of good things that you know you should do in service for the Lord. Pray for strength, courage and wisdom to fulfill those opportunities.

Reading Guide
Take the time to read and pray. Allow God to reveal Himself to you through His word. It will bless your life! Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 076 Deut. 29,30 Mark 16 Day 077 Deut. 31,32 Luke 1:1-23 Day 078 Deut. 33,34 Luke 1:24-56 Day 079 Joshua 1-3 Luke 1:57-80 Day 080 Joshua 4-6 Luke 2:1-24 Day 081 Joshua 7,8 Luke 2:25-52 Day 082 Joshua 9,10 Luke 3

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“One Mind”

Vol. 2 No. 24

If you haven’t visited the new youth website... why not? The website is complete. There’s still a few features that could be added later on at your request, but I believe some of the essentials are there. Check it out at rosehillchurch.com/youth If you think there’s something missing that should be there, let me know and I’ll try to get it in there. The picture gallery is pretty smooth looking, and the events is a good resource to see what’s coming up next. If you have a thought or a picture that you would like to share, please email it to me, and I’ll post it online. I may ask you if I can post something on the website if I see something you’ve written in Facebook or somewhere else.

On The Website

Unity in Spite of Politics

Oct 19, 2008

I have heard a lot about politics this year, this time of year, and it seems the closer we get to voting day, the more it escalates. Some try to persuade others to vote one way or another. Some may discuss the “issues” at hand. I realize that most of you (targeted readers) are not able to vote this election, but I’m sure you have your opinions formed anyhow. Whether they’ve been given to you by your parents, friends, or you’ve managed to formulate your own opinions... it’s most likely that you have them. As undoubtedly, you may encounter a heated discussion concerning this topic, you may also be involved in it (and schools may welcome it in some classes). Please keep in mind to be respectful of others and their thinking. Refrain from insulting intelligences or questioning their eternal destination based on their political opinion. We must be respectful, especially in the Church. It might come as a surprise that not everyone is a McCain supporter that also claims to be Christian (gasp). “I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.” -1Cor. 1:10 “ “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.“ -Acts 4:32 “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” -Rom. 13:1 I pray that we may all be patient and compassionate with others that we might be known by our love instead of our political fervency. Also, that you will hope and trust in the all powerful God instead of the “Superpower” of America. Remember who’s in control and don’t forget the bigger picture. Governments and Empires come and go, but God is eternal. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥

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Upcoming Events
Oct 24-26- Fall Retreat @Children’s Harbour. For High School age. Cost is $40. Pick up, fill out, and return a registration form soon! Due by Oct 8th. Oct 29- Eat Out @ The Mall Oct 30- Trunk or Treat Nov 12- Eat Out @ Stevie B’s

Weekly Family Time
Rich Oppressors Will Be Judged
Week #11 OBJECTIVE: To read and discuss James’ warning to those who oppress others. Feasting on the Word: James 5:1-6 Family Discussion: To whom does James direct this section of Scripture? (vs. 1) Why does he tell them to weep and howl? What does James say about their riches, in verses 2 and 3? What had these rich oppressors done wrong? (vs. 4) What does it mean that “the cries of the reaper have reached the ears of the Lord”? These rich oppressors lived in luxury while the people who worked for them were not paid, and were mistreated. What does verse 5 say this is like? Explain. Verse 6 tells of more sins of the oppressors. What are they? You may be thinking, “This doesn’t apply to me. I am not a rich person with unpaid workers.” So why do you think the Lord included this warning in the book of James? How can this principal apply to each of us? The main idea of this section of Scripture is “be fair to others.” It is not a sin to be rich, but what is the danger of it? Consider this: Most people in povertystricken, third world countries think of EVERY American as rich. Compared to people who have very little food or clothes, or no home to live in...are you rich? What can you conclude? Read Matthew 19:16-30 to find out what Jesus told a rich man to do. Discuss these proverbs: Proverbs 22:2 & 16; Proverbs 28:6 Challenge: How can each person in the family use their own money to honor God? Start a piggy bank fund to help someone in need.

Reading Guide
Take the time to read and pray. Allow God to reveal Himself to you through His word. It will bless your life! Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 083 Joshua 11-13 Luke 4:1-32 Day 084 Joshua 14,15 Luke 4:33-44 Day 085 Joshua 16-18 Luke 5:1-16 Day 086 Joshua 19,20 Luke 5:17-39 Day 087 Joshua 21,22 Luke 6:1-26 Day 088 Joshua 23,24 Luke 6:27-49 Day 089 Judges 1,2 Luke 7:1-30

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“Hello, God?”

Vol. 2 No. 25

On The Website
Just updated the site this week to include videos from the past and a few from recent events this year. Among them is the Fall Retreat video for 2008. Look for the Fear Factor video coming up sometime this week as well!

Taking Time

Nov 2, 2008

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Heather is climbing a 50 foot rock wall during the Fall Retreat.

I realize a lot of you have really busy schedules in your life. Your schedule may include 8 hours of school each day, 4 hours of part-time work at night, 2 hours of homework, sports practice, sports games, 100 hours required community service, and somewhere in all of that you have to fit in eating and 8-10 hours of sleep. Our culture has done a really good job of pounding into our heads “that if you’re not busy... you must be lazy”, “busy-ness is the way to success”, “time is money”, and etc. We’ve even sanctified busy-ness with “idle hands are the devil’s tools”, which consequently is not found in the bible. Everything has to be fast, quick, expediant. There’s fast-food to cut down the time it takes to make meals. There’s drive-thru banks, pharmacies, and restaurants because we can’t even take the time to get out of the car and go inside. We have cell phones because we can never be found at home. Text messaging is preferred over actually talking to someone and voicemail because it’s quicker. Little by little we have managed to snuff out the time we spend with God, and we’ve even begun snuffing out the (real quality)time we spend with people. With this type of lifestyle, it’s become very difficult to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deut 6:5, Mk 12:30) and also to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Lev. 19:18, Mk 12:31). I mean... who has the time for that sort of thing anymore? “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” -Psa. 46:10 “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1Th. 5:16-18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” -Eph. 6:18 “Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” -Luke 5:15 At first it might be difficult to turn off the TV, radio, computer, and sit in silence to spend time with God. It may even be uncomfortable for you. It may bother you to sit still for any period of time longer than ten minutes (if that even). But it is extremely important that we spend time with God. If you’ve never known the joy, or have been comforted by His love, stop everything now and pray for God to reveal himself to you. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
Nov 12- Eat Out @ Stevie B’s Come meet us at Stevie B’s on Airport Thruway for a meal together before Wednesday Night Class.

Weekly Family Time
Patient And Persevering
Week #12 OBJECTIVE: To read and discuss what James says about patience and perseverance. Feasting on the Word: James 5:7-12 Family Discussion: • What is the first thing James tells us to be patient for? (vs. 7) What word picture does James use to illustrate this? According to verse 8, how does that apply to us? Discuss what it means that “the coming of the Lord is at hand.” • What does it mean to “grumble” against one another? (vs. 9) Why should we NOT do this? Who is “the Judge” who is standing at the door? If we are patient with each other, it will keep us from grumbling! • Verse 10 speaks of prophets who were patient in suffering. For one example, read the story of Daniel and the lions’ den in Daniel 6:1-23. • Verse 11 says the prophets were counted as blessed because of their endurance. Verse 11 also names another person who endured patiently during suffering. Who was it? Tell the story or read from the book named after him, chapters 1, 2, and 42. • So, James is telling us to be patient about the Lord’s coming, be patient with each other, and be patient during suffering. How can you train yourself to be patient in each of those circumstances? • Verse 12 is an important commandment to us. Read and discuss its meaning. •What is the warning at the end of verse 12? Challenge: We are to be patient for the Lord’s coming. Have you thought about the fact that TODAY may be the day? Do you keep that in mind every day? Since we don’t know when it will happen, what should we be doing to get ready? Do you need to make changes in your life?

Reading Guide
Take the time to read and pray. Allow God to reveal Himself to you through His word. It will bless your life! Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 090 Judges 3-5 Luke 7:31-50 Day 091 Judges 6,7 Luke 8:1-21 Day 092 Judges 8,9 Luke 8:22-56 Day 093 Judges 10,11 Luke 9:1-36 Day 094 Judges 12-14 Luke 9:37-62 Day 095 Judges 15-17 Luke 10:1-24 Day 096 Judges 18,19 Luke 10:25-42

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“Don’t be lazy.”

Vol. 2 No. 26

On The Website
Okay, so I didn’t get the Fear Factor video done yet. Be patient though. Let me know of anything you want to add to the website though. Also keep checking out the Events page for newly posted events.

Work is Good

Nov 9, 2008

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(from left to right) Lance, the treehugger. Cathy, the Lancehugger. Anna, the Cathypusher.

I would hope that noone would have mistaken me as saying Work is bad from last week’s article. I was not saying that at all. I was only saying that too much work is bad, especially if it is taking away time from God. If work were a bad thing to do, he wouldn’t have given Adam anything to do before the first sin, but he does... “The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” -Gen. 2:15 You might be saying at this time, “But I don’t have a Job.” The majority of you that actually read this article (it might actually be the other way around... where the parents are reading more than the kids) are still in school, and that is your work. Also whatever you set out to do is work. Anything that busies your life is work as defined by this article from here on out. Part of the Sabbath commandment is “Six days you shall labor and do all your work” (Ex. 20:9). Take a look in a Concordance and look up the word “work” in Proverbs. There is lots of great verses on work there. Take these words from Paul into consideration... “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right. ” -2Th. 3:6-13 I honestly believe God has given us a joy to work. We get satisfaction from the work of our hands and see the results of our labor. Work is good. Just don’t let it become an obsession and take over the more important things in life. Find something you enjoy doing and make that your work. God has blessed us with differing gifts. Remember the building of the Tabernacle in Exodus, and the Wall in Nehemiah? God gave those talents to the people to work. Discover your God given talents and work hard with them. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
Nov 12- Eat Out @ Stevie B’s Come meet us at Stevie B’s on Airport Thruway for a meal together before Wednesday Night Class. Nov 15- 5th-12th Grade Devo @ the Spieces Come together for one big gathering! Nov 26- Baking Cookies @ The Sparks Girls are welcomed to come to the house and have some fun baking and decorating cookies. Dec 13- Christmas Party! Get ready for our annual Christmas Party!

Weekly Family Time
Meeting Specific Needs
Week # 13 OBJECTIVE: To understand how we are to take care of each other’s needs. Feasting on the Word: James 5:13-20; Eph. 5:19-20; Rom.12:9-18; Mark 11:24; Matt. 21:22; Col. 4:12; 1 Pet. 4:7-8; Luke 15:4-7; Rom. 5:7; & Eph. 1:7 Family Discussion: If someone is suffering, what should he do? What if he is cheerful? Does this mean that we are to praise God in all situations? Read Ephesians 5:19-20 How are we meeting the needs of others when we behave as a Christian ought? Discuss Romans 12:9-18. What responsibility do the elders have in caring for the sick? What is the prayer of faith that is referred to in James 5:15? How did Jesus say we should pray in Mark 11:24 and Matthew 21:22? How do we care for one another when we confess our sins and pray for each other? In Colossians 4:12 Paul gives an example of a Christian who prayed for others. What does fervent mean in James 5:16 and 1 Peter 4:7-8? Compare these verses. How does James use the story of Elijah as an example of a righteous man’s prayer “availing much”? Review the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 17 & 18. Is it our responsibility to help to go after someone who has gone astray from God’s ways? (verses 19-20) What does Jesus say about a lost sheep in Luke 15:4-7? Who are the sheep in this story? Who is the Shepherd? How are the sinner’s soul saved and his sins covered when he turns from the error of his way? Look at James 5:20 and Luke 15:7. What is the only thing that can cover our sin? (Romans 5:7 & Eph.1:7) Challenge: As a family, make a list of people to pray for and to serve. Make it a habit to serve your family and the family of God!

Reading Guide
Take the time to read and pray. Allow God to reveal Himself to you through His word. It will bless your life! Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 097 Judges 20,21 Luke 11:1-28 Day 098 Ruth 1-4 Luke 11:29-54 Day 099 1 Samuel 1-3 Luke 12:1-34 Day 100 1 Sam. 4-6 Luke 12:35-59 Day 101 1 Sam. 7-9 Luke 13:1-21 Day 102 1 Sam. 10-12 Luke 13:22-35 Day 103 1 Sam. 13,14 Luke 14:1-24

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“Give to God what is God’s”

Vol. 2 No. 27

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Stewardship

Nov 16, 2008

Duncan can’t stand to watch!

Usually the Pharisees and Herodians wouldn’t be caught dead together, because the Pharisees despised the Roman sympathizers. But they conspired together to ask the ultimate of trap questions. They thought they had him with this question... “Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?” -Mark 12:14,15 Jesus saw right through their motive and replied with an answer that they would never expect... “Then Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” -Mark 12:17 In one simple answer he gave them something to chew on. It was definitely not what either of the groups wanted to hear. In one statement he manage to squelch any ideas of personal ownership. The main thing here is... everything we “own” is God’s. It brings a whole new idea into what stewardship looks like. Hopefully it changes the way you think about “your” stuff. I’m not just talking about taking care of the things you own, but how can you use what God has given you to glorify him? What has God blessed you with so that you can bless others. Barack Obama may have called the Republicans selfish for not wanting to “share the wealth”, but on a personal level (not a government) we should have the spirit to give to anyone who has need. Especially if they are among us as Christian brothers and sisters. “All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.” -Acts 2:44-45 “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had...There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.” -Acts 4:32,34-35 If we were to live with an attitude that everything in our possession was to be shared with everyone. Would we have the same capitalistic attitude? Would we be so concerned with what new product we wanted to buy that would end up in storage within the year? How would that change our attitude about stuff? Let us really evaluate how we should really “Love one another” (John 13:34). -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
Nov 26- Baking Cookies @ The Sparks Girls are welcomed to come to the house and have some fun baking and decorating cookies. Dec 13- Christmas Party! Get ready for our annual Christmas Party!

Weekly Family Time
Choose God
Week # 1 OBJECTIVE: To discuss who God is and the blessings of choosing to follow God. Feasting on the Word: Genesis 1:1-28, Mark 10:18,1 John 1:5, 4:16, Psalm 31:5, 37:3-6, 89:5-8, and Joshua 24:14-15 Family Discussion: As you study this lesson, develop a list of words that describe God. Begin with The Creation, reading Genesis 1:1-28. What word does Jesus use to describe God in Mark 10:18? What word does the apostle John use in 1 John 4:16. What word describes God in 1 John 1:5? Psalms 31:5 says that He is the God of what? Read Psalms 89:5-8. What do you learn about God in this passage? Discuss how each member of your family “pictures” God. When the children of Israel entered the Promised Land, the practice of idol worship was all around them. What did Joshua say about choosing God, in Joshua 24:14-15? In Psalm 37:3-6, the Psalmist gives very good advice about choosing God. Why is it so important to choose to live God’s way? Challenge: Name as many Bible stories as you can think of in which a person or group of people chose to follow God and were blessed for making that decision.

Reading Guide
Take the time to read and pray. Allow God to reveal Himself to you through His word. It will bless your life! Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 104 1 Sam. 15,16 Luke 14:25-35 Day 105 1 Sam. 17,18 Luke 15:1-10 Day 106 1 Sam. 19-21 Luke 15:11-32 Day 107 1 Sam. 22-24 Luke 16:1-18 Day 108 1 Sam. 25,26 Luke 16:19-31 Day 109 1 Sam. 27-29 Luke 17:1-19 Day 110 1 Sam. 30,31 Luke 17:20-37

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“Not about me...”

Vol. 2 No. 28

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Worship

Nov 23, 2008

I was thinking a lot about worship this week. I can recall many times when someone has said “I just didn’t get anything out of worship today.” or “I didn’t like there worship there.” There’s several variations to these two simple sentences, but both share a common thread. Those who say things like this failed to understand what is worship. The very concept of worship is to recognize a greater being. If we are concerned whether or not we “get” anything out of worship after a Sunday Morning or any other time... then we’ve really failed to recognize that Worship is directed to God, not ourselves. Granted some of our songs are directed to each other as encouragement or a persuation to follow Christ. But a majority of our songs should be directed to God, singing His praises. “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. How awesome is the LORD Most High, the great King over all the earth! He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet. He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved. Selah God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the LORD amid the sounding of trumpets. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne. The nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham, for the kings of the earth belong to God; he is greatly exalted.” -Psa. 47:1-9 The next time we sing a song that’s particularly not your favorite, or the singing doesn’t seem to be up to “par”... think about the reasons you worship. Are you worshiping to please yourself? Are you worshiping for that good feeling you get after services? If you are worshiping for any other reason except to praise God... you are doing it for the wrong reasons. Worship is a difficult thing to do when our minds are not in it, or even just singing the song without thinking of the words. Those words that we all too often sing with empty conviction. Take the time to evaluate your thoughts while you are worshiping him. Are you giving him thanks or grumbling about how things are not going your way? God is certainly worthy of our praise, and to truly love him with our heart, soul, mind and body. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥

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Upcoming Events
Nov 26- Baking Cookies @ The Sparks Girls are welcomed to come to the house and have some fun baking and decorating cookies. Dec 3- Eat Out @ Subway at Columbus Park Crossing Dec 13- Christmas Party! Get ready for our annual Christmas Party!

Weekly Family Time
Satan...A Bad Choice
Week # 2 OBJECTIVE: To discuss who Satan is and the consequences of choosing to follow him. Feasting on the Word: Genesis 3:1-13, James 4:7, Matthew 4:1-11 and 1 Peter 5:8-9 Ephesians 6:10-18, Revelation 20:10 and Revelation 12:9 Matthew 13:47-50 and Matthew 25:41 Family Discussion: We first learn about Satan in the Garden of Eden. He presented himself in the form of a serpent. He lied to Eve and deceived her. Read the account in Genesis 3:1-13. What should Eve have done differently? What should we do when Satan tempts us? (James 4:7) Satan even tempted Jesus! Read about it in Matthew 4:1-11. If Satan is so bold as to tempt the Son of God, don’t you think he will surely tempt us, too? How does Peter describe Satan in 1 Peter 5:8-9? What does Peter say to do when Satan attacks? Paul tells us to put on Christian “armor” to protect ourselves from the devil’s schemes. Read Ephesians 6:10-18 and discuss each piece of armor and what it means. What will be the devil’s punishment, as we read in Revelation 20:10 and Revelation 12:9? What will happen to people who choose to follow the devil? Discuss Matthew 13:47-50 and Matthew 25:41. Challenge: Everything concerning God is described as good, and to live eternally in Heaven with God will be wonderful. Everything written about Satan is bad, and to live eternally in hell with him will be the most horrible thing that could happen. Why, then, do some people choose to follow Satan instead of God? How can you keep that from happening to you?

Reading Guide
Take the time to read and pray. Allow God to reveal Himself to you through His word. It will bless your life! Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 111 2 Sam. 1-3 Luke 18:1-17 Day 112 2 Sam. 4-6 Luke 18:18-43 Day 113 2 Sam. 7-9 Luke 19:1-28 Day 114 2 Sam. 10-12 Luke 19:29-48 Day 115 2 Sam. 13,14 Luke 20:1-26 Day 116 2 Sam. 15,16 Luke 20:27-47 Day 117 2 Sam. 17,18 Luke 21:1-19

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“Turkey, Turkey, Turkey”

Vol. 2 No. 29

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Thanksgiving Everyday

Nov 30, 2008

I was thinking about how it’s a shame we only celebrate Thanksgiving once a year. The act of giving thanks should happen every moment of everyday. So why is it we don’t have Thanksgiving everyday? Well, I believe I’d get tired of Turkey and leftovers after a while, in spite of the deliciousness of John Crump’s smoked ham and turkey. Plus, the tryptophan in the Turkey would make us all want naps in the afternoon everyday. It’s funny how we think we can gain happiness from things. Things we buy, or can try to obtain. But inevitably, whether in a week, 2 weeks, or a month that happiness goes away. Joy is the only lasting happiness we can find that is outside situations. Paul says... “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1Th. 5:16-18 Not being content with what we already have can rob us of our joy. I going to make a stretch here and say, “If we were truly thankful for everything we already have, we wouldn’t be in want for anything else. What’s the secret to contentment and everlasting joy? Being thankful for what God has already blesed you with.” and you can quote me on that... I did! I know David touched on this in his sermon a little bit on Sunday, but I’m sure he doesn’t mind me borrowing from him (see front of Church newsletter). To paraphrase liberally what Dan Wood said (yes, I’m borrowing from him too), It would put us to shame if we just took the time to look at the blessings God has already given us. Isn’t it ironic how Christmas is only a month away from Thanksgiving? We spend a day being thankful for the things we have and then the very next day, for a whole month, we begun to wish for things we don’t have and convince ourselves we won’t be happy until we have a certain cell phone, a particular music player, or a specified game console. What happened to being thankful? And since when has Christmas become the Holiday of Getting? Instead of taking the time to give to those in need, we conspire how we can persuade our parents and grandparents to get us exactly what we have been seduced by expensive marketing to necessitate. “In these troubled times” (as we’ve been frequently told), maybe we should stand back and look at the blessings we already have been given and look to how we can bless others. Let’s not just say how thankful we are, but take some action to show your thankfulness to God and... aim to do it every single day of the year, without the Turkey dinner. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
Dec 3- Eat Out @ Subway at Columbus Park Crossing Dec 13- Christmas Party! Get ready for our annual Christmas Party!

Weekly Family Time
Christ Chose Us
Week # 3 OBJECTIVE: To discuss why Christ chose us, and what it cost him. Feasting on the Word: John 17:1-5, Mark 14:32-40, Matthew 27:26-31, Mark 15:21-37 Revelation 17:14 Family Discussion: Jesus came to earth on a mission. What was it? Read Jesus’ prayer to God when it was almost time for Jesus to die on the cross. (John 17:1-5) In the Garden of Gethsemane, the night before Jesus died, he struggled with the dread of the cross and separation from God. He felt the weight of the sins of all people for all time. Think of the how much Jesus must love us as you read about that night in Mark 14:32-40. After Jesus’ trial, before Pilate, what did Pilate order to be done to Jesus, in Matthew 27:26? Discuss what it means to be “flogged” or “scourged.” Look it up in a dictionary, if possible. What other pain and injustice was inflicted on Jesus by the soldiers in verses 27-31. Did Jesus deserve this kind of treatment? What is crucifixion? Make pictures in your mind as you read about Jesus’ death on the cross in Mark 15:21-37. Pretend you were there to watch. Then discuss: Jesus was sentenced to death like a criminal, yet he never sinned. He took our sins on himself, and took our punishment. Jesus paid a very high price to choose us! Jesus overcame the power of death, sin, and Satan. And who else will be victorious, invited to live in the presence of Jesus forever? His chosen, faithful followers! (Read Revelation 17:14.) You see, he chose you! Challenge: This week, you choose someone....to share the gospel with, to invite to church, to pray for, to do a kind deed for, to encourage with a hug or a card. Who will you choose?

Reading Guide
Take the time to read and pray. Allow God to reveal Himself to you through His word. It will bless your life! Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 118 2 Sam. 19,20 Luke 21:20-38 Day 119 2 Sam. 21,22 Luke 22:1-30 Day 120 2 Sam. 23,24 Luke 22:31-53 Day 121 1 Kings 1,2 Lk. 22:54-71 Day 122 1 Kings 3-5 Lk. 23:1-26 Day 123 1 Kings 6,7 Lk. 23:27-38 Day 124 1 Kings 8,9 Lk. 23:39-56

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“Agape Abba!”

Vol. 2 No. 30

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God the Father

Dec 7, 2008

I’m convinced that with fatherhood, you should be awarded a degree in Theology to go along with it. I have learned so much about the nature of God, just in taking notice of Josiah. When he is crying it makes me instantly have empathy for him. Whatever caused his crying, whether it was something small or large, my first instinct is to comfort him. It’s because I love him with a fatherly love. If you were in our High School class on Wednesday Night you’ll know where this article was inspired from. In the Nooma video called “Rain”, Rob Bell describes a hike that he and his one year old son were taking around a lake. Halfway around the lake it began to storm and his son, Vance began to whimper at first, and then belt out in a full scream of terror. Rob immediately held his son close to his chest and began to say “I love you, we’re going to make it, daddy knows the way home.” Vance, his son,was terrified and all he could see was the storm. Rob’s viewpoint was quite different as this was a moment he would remember and cherish, because they were so close in that moment. I don’t enjoy it when Josiah cries or screams, but I love it when he reaches out to me seeking comfort. It’s almost a bitter sweet experience. “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.” -Psalms 34:17-20 Even though, we would prefer to never go through struggles and storms, God allows it to happen to us. Because it is in these times we seek God and are reminded of our dependence on him. It keeps us close to Him and he will protect us. Through this we grow spiritually stronger, even though we may seem weak to the world. I love that we can call God, “Father”... even “Daddy”. He has adopted us as his children and loves us as his own. He has not abandoned us, but when we accept him and realize our need for Him... he comes running like the Father in the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11f ). He just waits for us to reach out to Him. Why is it we sometimes get angry with God, or seek all these other sources for temporary relief before we even run to God? God cares to comfort you in all your lifes storms whether they’re seemingly big or miniscule, trivial or tyranical. Seek Him first, delight in his presence, and cling to Him like a child to its Father. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
Dec 13- Christmas Party! Get ready for our annual Christmas Party!

Weekly Family Time
Why Choose Christ?
Week # 4 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the reasons why we need Christ as our Savior. Feasting on the Word: Romans 5:6-10 Family Discussion: What three conditions does Paul tell us we are in when we are in sin? (Powerless – verse 6, ungodly – verse 6, enemies – verse 10) Sin is a very serious thing. What is sin? (I John 3:4) Who has sinned? (Romans 3:23) What does sin do to us? (Romans 6:23, Isaiah 59:2) Who is the answer to our sin? (Matthew 1:21, Luke 19:10, John 14:6) Going back to Romans 5:6-10... Paul told us there are three conditions we are in when we are sinners. He also tells us three things that come through Jesus Christ. What are those three things? (Justified – verse 9, saved from His wrath – verse 9, reconciled – verse 10) In verse 9, Paul tells us we can be justified. What does justified mean? (Brought back in a relationship with God - just as if you had never sinned.) Through what are we justified? (The blood of Jesus Christ) So, how important is it for us to choose Christ? Challenge: Take time to discuss how much God must love us to send Jesus to die for us so that we could have the hope of eternal life with Him. Share some things that you will do this week to show God you love Him. If you have younger children, sing Jesus Loves Me or Jesus Loves the Little Children.

Reading Guide
Take the time to read and pray. Allow God to reveal Himself to you through His word. It will bless your life! Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 125 1 Kings 10,11 Lk. 24:1-35 Day 126 1 Kings 12,13 Lk. 24:36-53 Day 127 1 Kings 14,15 John 1:1-28 Day 128 1 Kings 16-18 John 1:29-51 Day 129 1 Kings 19,20 John 2 Day 130 1 Kings 21,22 John 3:1-21 Day 131 2 Kings 1-3 John 3:22-36

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10 Shopping Thankful Days left until Christmas

Vol. 2 No. 31

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Merciful

Dec 14, 2008

“For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.” -Hosea 6:6 Jesus later quotes this verse twice in Matthew. Both times it was directed at the Pharisees, a sect of Jews that was known for its dedication to the Law. It was later the sect out of which Paul came persecuting the early Christians in his zeal for what he thought was God, but was actually the old law. Unfortunately, we can be known more by our judgements against the world, instead of the loving mercy we show in light of Jesus’ life and death. We tend to fault on the side of “being right” more than “forgiving”. God calls all sorts of people to himself, but all to often we think we ought to play the role of a bouncer outside a popular club. We’re only letting in those who can look the part or can put on a face of holiness. We’ve mistakenly put other things before loving one another. We show favoritism to those who look most like us and write off the very ones of society that Christ would have been seen among. “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!” -James 2:12-13 The law that gives freedom is the law that Christ gave us when he fulfilled the old law on the cross. Instead of a new law with new bindings, it’s a law with 2 simple principles: Love God, and Love your neighbor. When we add things that cause others to stumble and make the way to God more difficult, we become much more like the Pharisees that Jesus often warned his disciples about. “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.” -Rom. 14:13 How would Jesus interact with those you encounter everyday? How would he show them the mercy that they needed? I pray that God shows you an opportunity to show that mercy this week to someone. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥

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Upcoming Events
Parents look out for a sign up sheet for Devos to be held in 2009! This year we will be doing grades 7th through 12th together to have bigger gatherings.

Weekly Family Time
Week # 5 OBJECTIVE: To identify the way that we can choose salvation through Christ. Feasting on the Word: I Timothy 2:1-6, Romans 5:6-10 Family Discussion: Who does God want to be saved? (I Tim. 2:4) Looking back at Romans 5:9, through what can we be justified? (Christ’s blood) How do we come in contact with the blood of Christ so that we can wash away our sins? 1st we must HEAR - Romans 10:17 – Faith comes through hearing the word of God. - John 6:45 – It is God’s Word, not man’s, that we need to listen to. 2nd we must BELIEVE (Have faith) - John 8:24 – If we do not believe, we die in our sins. - Hebrews 11:6 – Belief is required to please God. 3rd we must REPENT (Repentance means to turn and go a different direction. We must turn from the ways of sin and move toward God.) - Acts 3:19 – Repentance is needed, so the Lord can wipe out our sins. - Acts 17:30 – God commands that all people repent. - Luke 13:3,5 – Repentance is essential for all men. 4th we must CONFESS - Romans 10:9-10 – We need to confess with our mouth that “Jesus is Lord.” 5th we must be BAPTIZED - Acts 2:38 – The results are (1) forgiveness of sins and (2) the gift of the Holy Spirit. - Mark 16:16 – Baptism in faith is a response to the Gospel. - Romans 6:3-7 – Baptism is when we come in contact with the blood of Christ. - Acts 10:48 – We must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Challenge: List the major ingredients of a chocolate cake: flour, eggs, sugar, and chocolate. What would happen if you decided to leave out one of the ingredients? Would the cake truly be a chocolate cake? Are all the above ingredients required to make a Christian? What would happen if you tried to leave one out? Conclude by thanking God for the gracious gift of Jesus Christ and the recipe for salvation. Note from Aaron: I also think true discipleship to Christ must follow these “steps”.

How to Choose Christ

Reading Guide
Take the time to read and pray. Allow God to reveal Himself to you through His word. It will bless your life! Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 132 2 Kings 4,5 John 4:1-30 Day 133 2 Kings 6-8 John 4:31-54 Day 134 2 Kings 9-11 John 5:1-24 Day 135 2 Kings 12-14 John 5:25-47 Day 136 2 Kings 15-17 John 6:1-21 Day 137 2 Kings 18,19 John 6:22-44 Day 138 2 Kings 20-22 John 6:45-71

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“Your Worth It.”

Vol. 2 No. 32

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Worthiness

Dec 21, 2008

This morning I was thinking about how intimately God knows me. He knows me better than anyone else in the world, including my parents and even myself! I thought, “How can God see, hear, love, and know everything about me and everyone else in the world?” Then I realized that he’s God and has no limitations like we experience. This is were I would have quoted the whole of Psalm 139, but I wanted to say more. So turn there, read that, and then come back here. Then while I was driving in my car, I’m listening to a sermon recorded from a men’s retreat that Chris Seidman was speaking at... and he was talking about how we often seek the praise of other men, but it never satisfies. We’ll only be satisfied by realizing our worth in God’s eyes. All too often we’re living and making our decisions based on what people think of us, rather than what God thinks of us. Men may work extra hours, buy things outside their means, and stress themselves to the limit. Why? Because they want to keep up appearances. Impress someone, earn the praise of someone, or gain respect from someone. Women may dress in the latest fashions, wear immodest clothing, wake up early in the morning to spend hours in front of a mirror to work on their hair and do their makeup just right, and even sacrifice their sexual purity. Why? Because they want to be beautiful, loved, accepted, etc. We forget who we are, and we try to define ourselves by the world’s definition of success: beauty, fame, fortune, and power. We will never be fulfilled in pursuing these things though. You may spend your whole life so that the world might tell you that you’re worthy. Even if it’s on a smaller scale: your friends, your family, or your church. If you realized who you are in God’s eyes... it would change everything. What you held important is no longer important, and how you interact with people changes. All your decisions are no longer based on who you’re trying to be, but who you are. “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will” -Eph. 1:4-5 “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” -2 Cor 6:18 “So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.” -Gal. 4:7 -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth

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Upcoming Events
Dec 31st- New Years Eve This event is for the whole church, so come play games and fellowship with older members that you wouldn’t otherwise have encountered. Parents look out for a sign up sheet for Devos to be held in 2009! This year we will be doing grades 7th through 12th together to have bigger gatherings.

Weekly Family Time
Blessing for Choosing Wisely
Week # 6 OBJECTIVE: To discuss some of the blessings you receive by being a part of Christ’s Body. Feasting on the Word: John 16:31-33 Philippians 4:6-7 Psalm 46:1 II Samuel 22:1-4 Romans 8:31 Family Discussion: Looking at John 16:33, what is a blessing that we can receive by living in Christ Jesus? What is peace? According to Philippians 4:6-7, what will the peace of God do for us? (It will guard our hearts and minds.) God wants us to be at peace with our salvation. Can we truly know we are saved? (I John 5:13) Do you have the peace of knowing you are saved? Looking at Psalm 46:1, what does God want to be for us? Looking at II Samuel 22:1-4, how did David describe what God had done for him? Looking at Romans 8:31, who is God for? How do we know that God wants to be a help and support to us to change the way we live our lives? Challenge: Take time to allow each person to share some ways in which following Christ has provided peace in their lives. Share how knowing God is always there for you allows you to walk through life with more confidence.

Reading Guide
Take the time to read and pray. Allow God to reveal Himself to you through His word. It will bless your life! Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 139 2 Kings 23-25 John 7:1-31 Day 140 Day 141 I Chronicles 1,2 I Chron. 3-5 John 7:32-53 John 8:1-20 Day 142 I Chron. 6,7 John 8:21-36 Day 143 I Chron. 8-10 John 8:37-59 Day 144 I Chron. 11-13 John 9:1-23 Day 145 I Chron. 14-16 John 9:24-41

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